Tributes to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg continued outside the Supreme Court on Saturday as the nation mourns the death of the veteran judge who died Friday at the age of 87.
Dozens of mourners were seen outside the steps of the Supreme Court, where Ginsburg served for 27 years, to deliver bouquets of flowers and homemade cards and plates in quiet tribute to late justice.
Hours earlier, hundreds of people had taken the steps of the Supreme Court and the street opposite the Capitol, singing and crying together during a candlelight vigil.
The improvised nighttime memorial was held shortly after news of her death broke, causing a torrent of tributes from both sides of the political spectrum.
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Mourners stopped by the Supreme Court early on Saturday to pay their respects to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Numerous people presented flowers, prayer candles and condolence messages to the judge outside the Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice died at her Washington, DC home on Friday after a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer
Flowers and tribute plates lined the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court, where Ginsburg served for 27 years
Dozens of people in protective masks sat on the steps quietly contemplating Ginsburg’s legacy, while others knelt to leave bouquets of flowers, small American flags and pictures of justice.
Several times, dozens of people in the crowd broke out in song, singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘This Land is Your Land’ while others hugged and wiped tears from their eyes.
At one point, the crowd broke out in thunderous applause – which lasted about a minute – for Ginsburg.
“Thank you RBG,” a sign read. On the sidewalk, “RBG” was drawn in a pink chalk heart.
Jennifer Berger, 37, said she felt compelled to join the great crowd that had gathered to pay tribute to Ginsburg’s life.
“I think it is important that we recognize such a pioneer,” she said. “It’s amazing how many people feel this loss and say goodbye tonight.”
Visitors were seen collapsing in tears as they mourned the loss of the veteran judge
Mourners left behind hundreds of handwritten messages as well as ‘RBG’ merchandise that had become popular among young people in recent years
On Friday, hundreds filled the steps of the Supreme Court as they held an impromptu candlelight vigil for Ginsburg
Many were seen singing and crying as they contemplated Ginsburg’s legacy
People gather to mourn the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the steps before the Supreme Court on September 18
Ginsburg spent her last years on the bench as the undisputed leader of the liberal wing of the court and became something of a rock star to her admirers.
Young women, in particular, seemed to embrace the court’s Jewish grandmother and affectionately referred to her as the “ infamous RBG ” for her defense of the rights of women and minorities.
The memorial service remained largely peaceful and gloomy, but became tense minutes after a man with a megaphone approached the crowd and began chanting “ Roe v. Wade is dead, ” a reference to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling calling for abortion was instituted national rights.
A large group confronted the man, which led to a brief shouting match.
Many in the crowd started shouting ‘RBG’ to try to drown out the man’s voice, as he kept saying Republicans would push to quickly appoint a Conservative judge to the court.
Police officers from the Supreme Court stood next to the crowd, and the man eventually left the area.
Ginsburg’s death paves the way for Donald Trump to extend his conservative majority in the Supreme Court ahead of the November election.
The leader of the court’s four-member liberal wing had expressed concerns about the political impact of her passing in the days leading up to her death.
“My most ardent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” the legal pioneer said in a statement dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death.
President Trump was onstage in Minnesota when the judge’s death was announced and had apparently continued his campaign rally unaware of the news.
He was later asked about her death by reporters, Trump said, ‘She just passed away? Wow. I did not know that, you are now telling me for the first time. ‘
He then paused and held his hands in the air before paying tribute to Ginsburg – with whom he had a fraught relationship since moving into the White House.
She lived a wonderful life. What more can you say? She was a wonderful woman, whether or not you were [with her] or not. She was a great one who lived a great life.
‘Actually, I think it’s sad to hear that. I’m sorry to hear that, ”he said, before turning and walking to his jet.
Meanwhile, the White House flag was lowered to half the staff and his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tweeted a tribute to the ‘pioneer’ and ‘dedicated civil servant’.
Trump later tweeted a longer statement, describing Ginsburg as a “ titan of the law ” whose legal expertise and historical decisions inspired generations of Americans.
Today our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law ‘who was’ known for her brilliant mind and her powerful disagreements in the Supreme Court,’ Trump said after the Minnesota meeting.
“Her opinions, including known decisions about legal equality for women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds,” he added.
“May her memory be a great and wonderful blessing to the world.”
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87 after a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She is pictured at one of her last public appearances in February.
He did not mention any plans to nominate a replacement.
Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to his colleague Friday, describing her as a ‘champion of justice’.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic standing,” Roberts said in a statement.
‘We lost a dear colleague at the Supreme Court. Today we mourn, but with the confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a weary and determined champion of justice. ‘
Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter have all paid tribute, along with politicians including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The White House lowered its flags to half-staff, and social media users pointed out that in Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah – which began tonight – is considered a person of great righteousness.