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Politics Melania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired'

21:41  19 september  2020
21:41  19 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Melania Trump posing for the camera: Melania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' © Stefani Reynolds Melania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired'

First lady Melania Trump on Saturday paid homage to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her death an "immense loss."

"Her tenacity & strength were matched by her intellect & compassion, & her spirit will live on in all she has inspired. My prayers are with her family & all who loved her," Trump wrote, adding the hashtag "RIPRBG."

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The trailblazing jurist died on Friday evening at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

President Trump's two eldest sons also praised Ginsburg after her death.

"RIP Justice Ginsburg. Agree with her or not, she was a true trailblazer and fighter until the end," Donald Trump Jr. wrote.

"Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic. She was a warrior with true conviction and she has my absolute respect! #RIP" wrote Eric Trump.

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Tiffany Trump, who graduated this spring from Georgetown Law School, thanked Ginsburg for "being a trailblazer for women in the legal field, a pioneer for women and gender equality, and for showing that patriotism hinges not on agreement, but on the unwavering commitment to persevere, to listen, to learn, and to develop together."

The president was at a campaign rally and apparently unaware of Ginsburg's death until he stepped off the stage on Friday night.

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"She just died? Wow. I didn't know that. You're telling me now for the first time. She led an amazing life. What else can you say?" Trump told reporters as "Tiny Dancer" blared in the background. "She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."

"I'm saddened to hear that," he added.

In a written statement that he later tweeted, Trump called Ginsburg a "titan of the law" and offered prayers for the late justice's family.

"Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one's colleagues or different points of view," the statement read. "Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds."

He ordered flags across the country be flown at at half-staff in her honor.

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Ginsburg's death has set off a battle in the Senate over whether to confirm a replacement so close to the election. Republicans blocked former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.

Within hours of her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed that Republicans will move to fill the vacancy.

The president on Saturday signaled that he will quickly nominate Ginsburg's replacement.

"We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," Trump tweeted, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"

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