Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become first woman to lie in state at US Capitol as Trump confirms her replacement WILL be female

RUTH Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol, as Trump pledged that her replacement to the Supreme Court would be a woman.

RBG's casket will be placed in National Statuary Hall on Friday, CNN reported, in an historic event that was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday.

Lying in state is a tribute reserved for the most distinguished government officials and military officers.

Ginsburg's body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday so the public can pay their respects.

Trump said he would be nominating a woman as Ginsburg's successor.

"I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman," Trump said during a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He reiterated the sentiment during his rally in Ohio on Monday.

Trump revealed during a Monday morning interview with Fox and Friends that he wants to approve the new justice "quickly" and said he'll likely announce his SCOTUS pick either on Friday or Saturday.

Trump revealed during a Monday morning interview with Fox and Friends that he wants to approve the new justice "quickly" and said he'll likely announce his SCOTUS pick either on Friday or Saturday.

“We should wait for the services to be over for Justice Ginsburg. So we're looking at probably Friday or maybe Saturday,” he told host Brian Kilmeade.

The ideal candidate would be "someone who's not so far left that they're not part of the AOC-plus-three crowd," the president said.

Trump described Ginsburg, who died on Friday, as a "phenomenal figure" and claimed she voted for him during a "very important case," although he didn't specify which one.

Trump also revealed that he's closely eyeing five people on his shortlist of candidates, including Florida judge Barbara Lagoa, to replace Ginsburg.

He nominated the Florida native to serve on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019 and said after his Saturday afternoon rally in North Carolina that he's "heard incredible things about her."

If the 52-year-old judge is confirmed as Ginsburg's replacement, she would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court.

She would also be the second Latino justice to serve on the nation's highest court after Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

As a Cuban-American, Lagoa was also the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

Also included in Trump's reported shortlist of five people – four of them women – are Amy Coney Barrett, a former judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Kate Todd, the president's deputy assistant and deputy counsel.

Barrett is a devout Catholic who is strongly anti-abortion, but has said she "would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law," according to the New York Post reported.

Alison Jones Rushing, who was confirmed a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019, could also be a potential pick to fill Ginsburg's seat.

Another potential Trump pick is Indian-American judge Amul Thapar, who was raised in Ohio but now resides in Kentucky, according to the Louisville-Courier Journal.

The 51-year-old, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was one of four finalists slated to replace Anthony Kennedy when he retired in 2018, but the seat was instead filled by Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump's revelation came days after protesters gathered outside Mitch McConnell's home in Kentucky following the senate majority leader's vow to push through a supreme court vote on a new justice.

Footage shot on Saturday showed a crowd lined up on either side of the street outside his home chanting: “Hey hey, ho ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go!”

There were also reports of protesters blocking the street, and police later attended to try to clear the road.

The demonstration ended after around three hours with one arrest made, the New York Post reported.

It is not clear whether McConnell was at the house when the protest took place.

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