On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had served on the United States Supreme Court since 1993, passed away after a battle with pancreas cancer.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Ginsburg's body laid in repose at the Supreme Court. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects over the two day period. On Friday, Ginsburg will be moved to the National Statuary Hall.
Lying in state is usually reserved for distinguished government officials and military officers. Ginsburg will be the first woman to receive the honor.
When President Trump arrived to pay his respects on Thursday, he was met with boos and chants of “vote him out" by the crowd that had assembled.
“One group started and then we all kind of joined in together because, you know, I feel like it's disrespectful for him to be here, quite frankly,” one person at the event told Buzzfeed News. “You feel the same way about her that you felt about John Lewis, that you felt about John McCain, so keep the same energy."
“Everybody seemed to be on board," they added. “I mean, even before we could actually see him, they were booing. It seemed like everybody was on board to say, 'get away from her, goodbye, nobody invited you.' So I expect he will be saying once again ‘nobody likes me.’”
Today, Ginsburg will be moved to the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol. In a statement, Pelosi's office wrote: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol on Friday, September 25, 2020."
"Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for the United States Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and took her seat on August 10, 1993. Ginsburg first drew national attention for her work successfully litigating sex discrimination cases in the 1970s. As an Associate Justice for more than 27 years, Ginsburg was a leading voice for equality on the Court and across the country."
"As Speaker Pelosi said after her passing, 'Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children. Every family in America benefited from her brilliant legacy and courage. Her opinions have unequivocally cemented the precedent that all men and women are created equal.'
Due to the pandemic, the ceremony will be open to invited guests only.