With his face hidden behind a mask – another rarity for the president, who does not often wear a public one – Trump looked over to where the audience had gathered nearby. His wife, First Lady Melania Trump, looked straight ahead.
The songs grew louder as Trumps stood in front of the coffin, framed by massive Corinthian columns. After standing still for a few moments, the couple returned to the limousine and drove back to the White House. Outside the oval office, Trump was seen in animated conversations with top assistants, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
When traveling around the country, Trump usually meets only supportive crowds. At his meeting in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Trump noted that it had been a while since anyone had stopped him at a campaign event.
"You do not see much. I do not want to take it further, but you do not know" t see it much longer, "he said.
Trump had said he visited the court to pay his respects and has been careful this week to avoid do evil justice, which is venerable on the left and once called him a "forgery."
At the same time, he has written off her reported dying desire to be replaced by the winner of the 2020 election as a democratic ploy, and has moved quickly to identify a likely candidate to replace her.
Long lines have formed themselves outside court this week to pay tribute to Ginsburg, including parents who bring young daughters in honor of the first female justice lying dormant in court.
Democrats have also used the vacancy to mobilize their supporters and raise hundreds of millions of dollars for candidates and cause.
Trump and his aides have shown that any sign of disrespect for late justice can be used by his opponents to advance their cause. When her death was announced, assistants decided not to interrupt his ongoing campaign rally in Minnesota, and prevented a negative reaction from the audience if Trump announced the development from the stage.
Nevertheless, the reaction of those gathered at the court on Thursday was a good indication that even Trump's attempt to demonstrate respect will hardly lower the temperature around the court's vacancy, which plays out in the heated final part of the presidential election.