Trump heckled as he pays respects to late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump was heckled by protesters on Thursday (Sept 24) as he visited the Supreme Court to pay his respects to the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump, wearing a black face mask, and First Lady Melania Trump stood silently behind the flag-draped casket of the progressive justice who died last week.

Anti-Trump protesters on the street could be heard shouting “Vote him out” and “Honour her wish” – a reference to Ginsburg’s stated desire that she not be replaced until after a new president is inaugurated.

Trump is not accustomed to paying his respects to political opponents and his visit to the court is a rare tribute by the Republican president.

Despite Ginsburg’s plea and Democratic opposition, Trump is pushing ahead with plans to replace her on the court ahead of the election.

“I think it’s going to go very, very quickly,” he told Fox Radio on Thursday.

“I have five women. I like them all.”

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