President Donald Trump appeared surprised to learn U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. The president had been on a campaign rally in Minnesota Friday night. A reporter broke the news to Trump.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time,” Trump said.
Trump took a moment to compose his thoughts before calling Ginsburg “an amazing woman”. He expressed remorse at her passing.
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump said. “She was an amazing woman whether you agreed or not. She was an amazing woman that led an amazing life. I am actually sad to hear that. I am sad to hear that.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at age 87.
The Supreme Court announced Ginsburg’s death on Friday. The long-serving justice passed away in her home following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was 87-years-old.
Ginsburg served for 27 years as a justice. Throughout her career, Ginsburg championed women’s rights. She also often disagreed with Trump over his policies. Just days before her death, Ginsburg expressed wishes to live until “another president” was elected, according to The Daily Beast.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she reportedly said.
According to NPR, Republicans and Democrats will wage a potentially tumultuous political battle over the now vacant justice seat. Potentially, Trump could make his third selection to the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority. Democrats will likely attempt to block any nominations until after the presidential election.
In 2016, Senator Mitch Connell blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court selection. The senator chose to wait until after the presidential election and allow the winner to fill the seat. According to USA Today, Connell announced in May he wouldn’t follow the same procedure if an opening occurred before the election.
[H/T: Yahoo News]