Solemn crowds gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her death Friday at the age of 87.
Hundreds or more came together at the courthouse to comfort one another in a candlelight vigil — laying flowers, signs and messages, and crying, applauding and chanting: “Vote him out.” They periodically sang “Amazing Grace” and “This Land Is Your Land.”
Flags were flying at half-staff to honor the justice who served 27 years in the Supreme Court.
People were sad — as well as fearful about what will happen now on the court and in the nation.
“Who is going to take care of us?” local resident Elizabeth LaBerge had just asked her fiance, she told the Washington Post. “It just feels like such a deep loss at this particular time,” she added. “It’s a lot to put on a woman of her age to keep us safe and functioning as a constitutional democracy.”
The gathering was disrupted for a few minutes when rightwing provocateur Jacob Wohl began shouting into a microphone that “Roe v. Wade is getting abolished. RBG is dead. We’re going to have a new justice next week,” he added. He left after he was confronted by angry members of the crowd.
In downtown Manhattan an image of Ginsburg with the message “Rest in Power” was projected onto the front of the New York State Civil Supreme Court building. The message also changed to “Thank You” and “Notorious.”
Hundreds of San Franciscans also gathered in the Castro district to honor Notorious RGB, a champion of LGBTQ rights.
Inn was upset that there was already talk of quickly replacing Ginsburg.
“Three hours after she’s gone, Messed-Up Mitch is talking about her replacement,” Inn said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Did he even allow enough time for her spirit to rise?”
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