Ruth Bader Ginsburg's trainer does PUSH UPS next to casket as she becomes first woman to lie in state at Capitol
25th September 2020

RUTH Bader Ginsburg's trainer did push ups next to the late justice's casket as she becomes the first woman to lie in state at U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Bryant Johnson, Ginsburg's personal trainer, paid his respects by doing a few push ups alongside the late Supreme Court Justice's casket.

He quietly knelt to the ground and did three push ups near Ginsburg's flag-draped casket.

The touching moment prompted an array of emotions from social media users – with one person tweeting: "I have never cried over push ups before…but that streak is broken."

Last year, Johnson – who trained Ginsburg for two decades – revealed the iconic figure had a strict workout regimen of training twice a week after a hospital visit in 2019.

He praised her hard work ethic and told ABC7: "She's never, ever told me can't.

"She's made little facial expressions at me several times but she's never, ever said can't. 

Johnson also detailed Ginsburg's workout routines in a book published in 2017.

It was titled: "The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…And You Can Too!"

The ceremony comes one week after Ginsburg passed away on the night of September 18 from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

She was 87 years old. 

The late Supreme Court Justice's casket was escorted by the honor guard on Friday morning to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

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

Before Ginsburg's casket was carried to lie in state, she was on public view at the top of the Supreme Court steps.

Her casket was set under the Portico at the top of the steps in Washington, DC, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ginsburg's formal ceremony started at 10am in the National Statuary Hall on Friday morning.

Attendees gathered as the nation mourns Ginsburg – who is remembered as a "prophet."

Speaking at the ceremony, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt praised Ginsburg for her memorable accomplishments in life.

"To be born into a world that does not see you," she said.

"And despite this, to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different.

"That is the job of a prophet."

A short procession took place before the family of Ginsburg, elected officials, and other special guests attended the private Capitol ceremony in the National Statuary Hall.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were also in attendance, along with vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Mezzo-soprano opera singer Denyce Graves paid tribute to Ginsburg by singing “American Anthem" and “Deep River.

Pelosi also spoke before the start of the event.

"Nobody in our country did more for women's equality than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Pelosi told CBS.

"Her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children."

She denounced the rush to choose who will fill Ginsburg's seat as Donald Trump revealed this week that he will soon announce a Supreme Court nominee.

The president said he wants Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement approved before November's election.

Trump's decision to replace Ginsburg comes after reports of the late Justice's granddaughter, Clara Spera, revealing her grandmother's final wish.

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg said, according to reports.

Trump paid his respects just one day after more than 100 law clerks lined the Supreme Court steps as Ginsburg's casket was brought to the building for her final time.

Ginsburg is remembered as the court's oldest justice and was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

She joined the court in 1993 and became the second woman ever to serve as a justice of the US Supreme Court – following Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the first.

Ginsburg will be laid to rest, alongside her husband Marty, in Arlington National Cemetery next week.

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