Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died

By Fernando Alfonso III, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Rob Picheta, CNN

Updated 8:10 a.m. ET, September 20, 2020
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9:05 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Following Ginsburg's death, McConnell says Trump's nominee will get a vote on the Senate floor

From CNN'sTed Barrett

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Oliver Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying President Trump's nominee to fill her seat "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

"The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life," McConnell said in the statement.

He added: "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

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8:55 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

White House flag has been lowered to half-staff following Ginsburg's death

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Jim Acosta 

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The American flag at the top of the White House has been lowered to half-staff tonight following the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

8:50 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

White House chief of staff calls Ginsburg "a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows shared his condolences over the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her "a trailblazer, a dedicated public servant, and an inspiration to so many."

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9:18 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Directors of "RBG" say they are "crushed" over Ginsburg's death

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Shannon Finney/Getty Images

Betsy West and Julie Cohen, directors of the hit documentary "RBG," said Ruth Bader Ginsburg "earned a place in history for what she did to win equally for American women" following news of her passing today.

"Like so many Americans, we are crushed by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Even had she not become a Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg earned a place in history for what she did to win equality for American women. When we asked her several years ago how she wanted to be remembered, she said with characteristic modesty, 'Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren,'" the filmmaking pair said in a statement.

"RBG" was nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards in 2019.

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8:42 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Bernie Sanders says Ginsburg's death is a "tremendous loss to our country"

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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Ruth Bader Ginsburg "will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history."

Her death "is a tremendous loss to our country," he tweeted.

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8:31 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Jimmy Carter remembers Ginsburg as "a staunch advocate for gender equality"

Former President Jimmy Carter remembered Ginsburg as a "powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality" in a statement following her death.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, said they "join countless Americans in mourning the loss of a truly great woman."

Here's the full statement from the Carters:

"Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A powerful legal mind and a staunch advocate for gender equality, she has been a beacon of justice during her long and remarkable career. I was proud to have appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980. We join countless Americans in mourning the loss of a truly great woman. We will keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
8:31 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Tennis legend Billie Jean King and other athletes honor Ginsburg

In a sign that the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched Americans far and wide, tennis legend Billie Jean King and other athletes have shared their condolences online for the late Supreme Court justice.

"My Shero, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died. To pay tribute, those who believe in equality & freedom must fight for the ideals she championed. For her. For us. For generations to follow," King tweeted.

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe called Ginsburg's death a "devastating" and "incalculable loss."

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8:34 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Trump, who's hosting a rally, does not appear to know Ginsburg has died

From CNN's Allie Malloy and Jim Acosta 

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Bemidji Regional Airport on September 18 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Bemidji Regional Airport on September 18 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

President Trump took the stage in Bemidji, Minnesota, minutes before the news broke that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, and he has not acknowledged the late Supreme Court justice, appearing not to know the news as he continues his rally. 

The White House referred reporters to comments the President made in August during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt about a replacement on the high court, when he said he would absolutely seek to fill a seat that opened suddenly. "I would move quickly. Why not? I mean they would. The Democrats would if they were in this position." 

As Trump continued his rally, attendees muttered the news to each other with one supporter telling the other: "Did you see the news about RBG? I don't think he knows." 

At one moment someone in the back of the rally shouted "RBG just died" but Trump did not seem to hear. 

8:22 p.m. ET, September 18, 2020

Nancy Pelosi orders US Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Ginsburg

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered the flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a tweet from one of her staff members.

“Speaker Pelosi has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Drew Hammill, her deputy chief of staff, tweeted.

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