President Donald Trump mourned the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He described her as a “titan of law.”
The Supreme Court announced Ginsburg’s death on Friday. Ginsburg passed away at 87 in her home following a battle with pancreatic cancer. In a statement posted to Twitter, Trump described Ginsburg’s successes both in and out of the courtroom.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served more than 27 years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States – notably just the second woman to be appointed to the Court. She was a loving wife to her late husband, Martin, and a dedicated mother to her two children,” Trump said in the statement.
“Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view,” he continued. “Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.”
In closing, the president expressed his “thoughts and prayers” to Ginsburg’s family. He also said he hoped “her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.”
The president learned of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing while campaigning.
Trump had finished a campaign rally in Minnesota Friday night when a reporter broke the news to him. The president appeared surprised to learn Ginsburg had passed.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that, you’re telling me now for the first time,” Trump said. He also went on to describe Ginsburg as “an amazing woman”.
“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.”
Ginsburg served for 27 years as a justice and championed women’s rights throughout her career. She also often disagreed with Trump over his policies in recent years. Just days before her death, Ginsburg expressed wishes to live until “another president” took office, 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.