- President Donald Trump was speaking at a “Great American Comeback” rally in Minnesota on Friday when news broke that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at 87.
- Seemingly unaware of her passing, Trump told his supporters, “The Supreme Court is so important … The next president will get one, two, three or four Supreme Court justices.”
- Reporters at the scene tweeted footage of an attendee shouting, “Ginsburg is dead” in an apparent attempt to give the president a heads up.
- The press pool informed Trump of Ginsburg’s death when he finished speaking and headed back to Air Force Once. “She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that,” he said.
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President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, on Friday night when news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.
Trump seemed unaware of the news that was sending shockwaves around the country.
“The Supreme Court is so important,” he said, adding, “The next president will get one, two, three or four Supreme Court justices … Many presidents have had none.”
Reporters at the event tweeted that an attendee yelled out “Ginsburg is dead” in an attempt to give Trump a heads up about the fact that Ginsburg, 87, had died of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Video from the scene showed Trump continuing to speak as if he hadn’t heard the shout.
“They tend to be appointed young,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court justices. “They’re there for a long time … You’re going to be stuck for 40 years, 35 years, a long time so this is going to be the most important election.”
The press pool informed Trump of Ginsburg’s death after he finished his speech and headed back to Air Force One.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that,” the president said, according to CSPAN’s Twitter page.
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that,” he added.