Crowds on the sidewalk chanted for Trump, who was wearing a mask, to “honor her wish,” and yelled, “Vote him out.”
Ginsburg allegedly dictated a final, “most fervent wish” to her granddaughter, Clare Spera, “that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Thousands of mourners and admirers streamed past her flag-draped casket until late in the evening Wednesday to honor the women’s rights champion and anchor of the high court’s liberal wing.
The casket will be on public view until 10 p.m.
Informed of her death last Friday, the president called her an “amazing woman” who “led an amazing life.”
He also said he would wait until the ceremonies for Ginsburg are concluded this week before announcing his selection to fill the court vacancy — which is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the White House.
Hundreds of Ginsburg’s former law clerks lined the steps Wednesday as her casket arrived at the Supreme Court building and was carried into the Great Hall by Supreme Court police who served as pallbearers.
Before a private ceremony for Ginsburg for friends, family and the other eight justices, Chief Justice John Roberts lauded the jurist who became known as “the Notorious RBG” as a “rock star.”
“It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead,” he said.
“She was not an opera star, but she found her stage right behind me in our courtroom,” Roberts added.
Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, will lie in state Friday in the National Statuary Hall of the US Capitol.
A formal ceremony will also be held for her but will include only invited guests because of coronavirus precautions over large indoor gatherings.
She will be buried during a private ceremony next week next to her husband, Martin, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Her death has sparked a firestorm between Democrats and Republicans about replacing her before the Nov. 3 election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to call a vote on the nominee before the election in the Republican-controlled upper chamber.
But Democrats have demanded that whoever is elected in November be allowed to make the selection.