“Vote for him to go,” the protesters shouted at the door of the courthouse.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, went to the Supreme Court on Thursday to pay tribute to the feminist judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, and was booed at the door of the courthouse.
“¡Vote for him to go! “shouted some of the people who were in the vicinity of the building where the remains of Ginsburg are found so that citizens and authorities can show their respects, reported NBC News. The coffin remains in the outer portico to avoid the accumulation of people inside the court.
Trump attended with his wife Melania and they both spent less than a minute by the coffin, at which point the screams occurred. Immediately afterwards the presidential convoy returned to the White House.
The death of Ginsburg, the most progressive judge on the Court, sparked a political debate in the United States over Trump’s urgency to appoint a new judge before the presidential elections in November, in such a way as to guarantee that a conservative magistrate will occupy the since it has become vacant.
The president will give the name of his nominee – he himself has said it will be a woman – on Saturday and the Republican Party has already guaranteed the necessary votes in the Senate so that the candidacy is submitted to a vote at least in the plenary session of the Upper House.
There are two candidates who sound louder to reach the Court: one is the judge Amy Coney Barrett, a fervent anti-abortionist, married for 49 years with seven children (five biological and two adopted). The other is the Cuban American Bárbara Lagoa.
Lagoa is 53 years old, married and has 3 daughters. She graduated from Columbia University and worked as a federal prosecutor before becoming a judge in Florida. In 2019, she was nominated by Trump to go to the Court of Appeals, the instance that is one step down from the Supreme Court.
Asked about Lagoa, Trump affirmed that he was an “extraordinary person.” “I have heard a lot about her, she is a Hispanic woman and highly respected,” he said.
Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87 after a tough fight with cancer, had become a popular icon for the left for his defense of women’s equality under the law and was the claim to pop merchandise and even inspired a Hollywood movie.
Her coffin was placed in the same place where the coffin of American President Abraham Lincoln rested in 1865, in front of an oil portrait of her.
Since her death was announced, hundreds of people have spontaneously gathered on the marble steps of the court to honor her, some from far away.
The remains of the magistrate will be moved on Friday to the statues hall of the Capitol, in front of the Supreme Court.
The fight for the vacancy – at a time when five of the nine magistrates of the Court are Conservatives – triggered a confrontation among Republicans, who argue that the government and the ruling-controlled Senate should nominate Ginsburg’s replacement, and the Democrats, who want to wait until after the election.
The elections are expected to be close. Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are side by side in polls in key states to reach the White House.
Trump claimed that the vacancy must be filled, arguing that the election result may end in the highest court. “I think it is important to have nine magistrates,” he said.
Saturday’s announcement will spark a battle to win the Senate appointment in record time.