Kamala Harris to join Joe and Jill Biden at RBG ceremony in US Capitol

Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will join Democratic candidate Joe Biden Friday to pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she becomes the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the US Capitol, the campaign said.

Both members of the presidential ticket will be present at an invitation-only ceremony in Statuary Hall, where one of the late justice’s favorite opera singers, Denyce Graves, will perform. Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, is also expected to attend.

The day will certainly be a busier one for the former vice president than Thursday, when he called a lid at 9 a.m., meaning he had finished holding public events for the day, and would spend the day hunkered down in the Wilmington, Delaware, home where he has been for much of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Ginsburg’s ceremony would include a female rabbi.

“We have a lot of cause for … observance of a historic time, for a historic woman who did more for the equality of women than anybody in our history,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at her weekly news conference.

“Her passing is like a death in so many families in our country because so many people pinned their hopes, heeded her guidance, admired her stamina, her love of the arts, bringing civility to her relationships in the court and in the country,” she continued.

Pelosi will lead female lawmakers from both parties in an event later Friday on the steps of the Capitol facing the Supreme Court, when Ginsburg’s casket will depart.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are not expected at Friday’s events. The two paid their respects to the late justice on Thursday, while she lay in repose atop the steps of the Supreme Court building.

Ginsburg, a liberal icon on the nation’s highest bench, passed away last Friday. She was 87.

With Post wires


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