Biden, Harris pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at viewing
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was laid to rest at Statuary Hall
On Friday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris paid their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg who passed away last Friday. The Democratic nominee, his running mate, and other attendees followed strict coronavirus regulations by wearing facemasks and staying six feet apart, per People magazine.
During a speech made by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Harris could be seen nodding her head in agreement.
“As a lawyer, she won equality for women and men,” said Holtzblatt. “Not in one swift victory, but brick by brick, case by case, through meticulous, careful lawyering.”
Ginsburg was nominated as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She was praised for her liberal views and was a known advocate for gender and women’s rights.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was also in attendance and expressed her respect for the justice at the U.S. Capitol. Ginsburg is the first woman and Jewish person to lay to rest at Statuary Hall.
“It is with profound sorrow and deep sympathy to the Ginsburg family that I have the high honor to welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state in the Capitol of the United States. She does so on a catafalque built for Abraham Lincoln. May she rest in peace,” said Pelosi.
Bryant Johnson, Ginsburg’s longtime trainer, was also in attendance. The justice may have passed away from complications of metastatic cancer but that didn’t stop her from participating in rigorous workout routines before her death. According to CBS News, she worked out twice a week with Johnson who served as her trainer for over 20 years.
He called the justice a “very important part of my life.” Their workout routine consisted of push-ups, planks, and other full-body workouts. At the viewing, Johnson dropped and performed three pushups in her honor.
As reported by theGrio, President Donald Trump and the first lady viewed Ginsburg’s casket on Thursday outside of the Supreme Court Building where it was previously held. They were met with cries from bystanders saying, “Vote him out!”
Have you subscribed to theGrio’s podcast “Dear Culture”? Download our newest episodes now!