US President Donald Trump has paid his solemn respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week after a long battle against cancer.
He and First Lady Melania Trump stood masked in black, silently marking the passing of the fighter for women’s rights, known by all as RBG.
Hundreds of mourners gathered near the Supreme Court, most of them socially distanced and united in grief.
Ex-President Bill Clinton who nominated Ginsburg to the Supreme Court also showed his respects at the flag-draped coffin.
As the Trumps stood silently behind the casket, members of the public at the bottom of the court steps began booing and loudly chanting “Vote him out!”
Many viewers in other countries were puzzled and appalled at the lack of respect shown by the vocal minority of onlookers whose behaviour prompted questions like, “Is this how Americans respect the dead in their coffins?”
Of course, normally the answer is no – Americans are very respectful. But these are not normal times, and such is the hatred that Trump generates among far-left liberals who want to see him gone, they forget decorum and eschew respect.
Ginsburg herself was of the political left, a lifetime liberal who championed equality. Some would say it’s curious that her political fellows would defile her memory in such a way.
A block away, as Trump’s motorcade passed on the way back to the White House, other bystanders shouted, “Honour her wish!”
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg had reportedly said, her granddaughter told the BBC.
Questioned about the disruptive scenes later in the day, Trump said he could barely detect the boos.
“I think that was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were,” Trump said. “We heard a sound, but it wasn’t very strong.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed the protesters. “The chants were appalling but certainly to be expected when you’re in the heart of the swamp,” she told reporters.
Ginsburg, an associate justice who became a historic influence on the court and an American icon, died last Friday. She was 87.