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Politics Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death

04:01  19 september  2020
04:01  19 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death © The Hill Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death

President Trump on Friday carried on with his campaign rally in Minnesota, apparently unaware of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as the political world shook.

The president took the stage in Minnesota before news of Ginsburg's death broke. He was not informed as he delivered his standard rally speech to a crowd in Bemidji, Minn., even as reactions poured out from lawmakers, activists and common citizens.

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Coincidentally, Trump touted an expanded list of potential Supreme Court nominees that he released last week shortly after the court announced Ginsburg had died.

But he carried on with his remarks, complaining about 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email scandal, touting his immigration policy and bragging that the U.S. military has "the greatest weapons in history" and how some fighter pilots are "better looking than Tom Cruise."

One reporter on the ground in Minnesota tweeted that a supporter shouted out that Ginsburg had died, but the president did not appear to hear.

The White House had not issued a statement while Trump was on stage. Former White House counselor Kelllyanne Conway tweeted that Ginsburg "led a remarkable life of consequence" and "inspired many women."

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The president has vowed to fill any vacancy on the Supreme Court even in an election year, setting up a likely volcanic battle between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Republicans did not give a hearing to Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, arguing that voters should have a say in determining which nominee could appoint his replacement.

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