President Trump, who famously sparred with RBG in life, mourned her loss Thursday as the late trailblazing liberal justice lies in repose in front of the top court for a second day.
The Republican president was joined by First Lady Melania Trump for a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court as hundreds of ordinary citizens line up to pay tribute to Ginsburg.
Trump wore a face mask as he strode up the steps where RBG’s flag-draped casket sits outside the stately building where she won widespread acclaim as the second-ever female justice.
Ginsburg’s body will be moved Thursday evening to the Capitol, where she will become the first woman to ever lie in state on Friday.
Funeral and burial arrangements for Ginsburg have not yet been announced. Jewish tradition would prohibit a burial on Saturday or Monday, which is Yom Kippur, the most solemn holiday on the Jewish calendar.
Trump has said he will announce his pick to replace Ginsburg at 5 pm Saturday, even before Ginsburg is laid to rest.
Sources say he is all but made up his mind to nominate appeals court justice Amy Coney Barrett, although the mercurial president has been known to pull attention-grabbing surprises.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed that Trump’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” Democrats say it’s “hypocrisy” after McConnell refused to consider then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, months before the 2016 election.
With a 53-47 majority, Republicans appear to have the votes to wrap the confirmation up before the Nov. 3 vote, when polls predict voters may oust both Trump and several GOP senators.
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts previously warned that political polarization is skewing how people view the judicial branch, adding that the justices are “not just another part of the political process.” Roberts, who was picked by President George W. Bush, has endured GOP anger over decisions — including recent decisions on immigration to pandemic restrictions on church gatherings.