US Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87, made history on Friday by being the first woman and first Jewish American to be commemorated at the Capitol in Washington.
The chest with Ginsburg’s body, often referred to as RBG, was in the Capitol. Normally, this only happens with deceased soldiers and presidents.
Dozens of prominent Americans attended the farewell ceremony, including President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was also there.
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, opened the memorial. Ginsburg’s personal trainer also remembered her. The Chief Justice was known for her fanaticism at sports, so her trainer decided to do three push-ups for her chest out of respect.
Thousands of people stood outside in the street to pay their respects to Ginsburg (photo: ANP).
Due to the corona virus, only a limited number of people were able to attend the commemoration. Next week she will be buried privately at Arlington Military Cemetery near Washington.
Ginsburg became a member of the nine-member Supreme Court in 1993, after then-President Bill Clinton nominated her. Such an appointment is for life. Ginsburg was known for being progressive and often spoke out for women’s rights and minorities.
Trump wants to replace judge as soon as possible
Ginsburg’s death immediately created a pairing in American politics. Her wish was not to be replaced until after the presidential election, but President Trump wants to do this before the election. Democrats want to wait with this, however.
Although judges in the Supreme Court must be independent, in practice they are often politically biased. They heavily influence major bills in the United States, such as equality for gay couples, abortion, and gun laws.
The progressive Ginsburg may be replaced by Trump for a conservative judge as soon as possible. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s name is frequently mentioned. CNN said Friday, based on White House sources, that she will be nominated by the president on Saturday.