A champion of women’s right and the second women to serve on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg gathered respect from politicians across the country.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, returning to Delaware from his own campaign stop in Minnesota, praised Ginsburg upon his arrival.
Ginsburg was “not only a giant of the legal profession but a beloved figure,” he said. She “stood for all of us.”
President Donald Trump took the stage for a Minnesota rally not long before Ginsburg’s death was announced. He spoke for more than 90 minutes, never mentioning it, apparently not alerted to the development. He spoke to reporters about her passing as he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington.
Trump, in brief remarks to reporters after learning of her death, called Ginsburg “an amazing woman,” adding that “she led an amazing life.” He had continued with a campaign speech for about an hour after the nation learned of her death, and said later he had been unaware.
President George W. Bush expressed in a statement deep mourning on the loss of Ginsburg.
“Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls. Justice Ginsburg loved our country and the law,” said Bush. “Laura and I are fortunate to have known this smart and humorous trailblazer, and we send our condolences to the Ginsburg family.”