Joe Biden will pay his final respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday as she lies in state at the US Capitol Building.
Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to make the trip with his wife, Jill, one day after President Trump paid his respects to the late Supreme Court justice, his campaign announced.
Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday from complications from pancreatic cancer, has been lying in repose since Wednesday at the Supreme Court building, where thousands of mourners have paid their respects as they streamed past her flag-draped coffin.
On Friday, Ginsburg, just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol and will be buried next to her husband, Martin, at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony next week.
Biden, who served as vice president during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, described Ginsburg as “a giant in the legal profession,” after her death, saying she “practiced the highest American ideal of justice.”
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the former justice Thursday at the Supreme Court building.
The president was met with chants of “vote him out” from a crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside the building, a gesture the White House later described as “appalling.”
Ginsburg’s death has also sparked a tense debate between Republicans, who vowed to nominate her replacement before November’s presidential election, and Democrats, who are demanding that the appointment wait until after the election.
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