President Trump had already taken the stage and begun speaking at his campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota when the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died Friday evening.
Therefore, the president continued his speech, unaware of Ginsburg’s death.
After the rally, as he was walking back to Air Force One, a reporter broke the news of Ginsburg’s death to Trump.
“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that…She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear that,” the president responded.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump is asked about death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as music plays overhead from earlier campaign rally.
“I didn’t know that,” he said. “She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman.” pic.twitter.com/RaUvb0g5qS
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2020