The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court did something Tuesday night that they rarely, if ever, have done before at a presidential speech.
WATCH: Maureen Scalia, widow of the late Justice Scalia, receives standing ovation as she is honored by Pres. Trump. https://t.co/g0ffvty4hw
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 1, 2017
Occupying the mind of President Donald Trump is the confirmation of his choice to fill the shoes of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia— U.S. Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch.
It was only fitting that Scalia’s widow, Maureen Scalia, be invited to attend Tuesday night’s presidential address to a joint session of Congress.
And Trump took time to recognize her during his address.
“I am greatly honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight,” the president said.
She stood, smiled and appeared to hold back tears as seemingly every person in the entire chamber stood and offered her applause — and that’s what was so unusual about that moment.
One of the late justice’s son’s Christopher J. Scalia, explained.
Justices never clap, let alone stand, during speeches to joint session, but they did for my mom. Beautiful. pic.twitter.com/JYDNzBtOdE
— Christopher J Scalia (@cjscalia) March 1, 2017
Both conservatives and liberals were moved by the justices breaking traditional protocol, and were filled with admiration for Scalia.
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@cjscalia @boreallady I am very liberal and I disagreed with him, but your father was beyond brilliant. I’m very sorry for your loss.
— alt.kate (@katearoni2) March 1, 2017
@cjscalia I met your father just once, we spoke for just a few minutes and I’ll never forget it. Thank you for your gift of him to us.
— That Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) March 1, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews It was the ONLY time ALL stood up and clapped!
— Cindy (@CindyPDX) March 1, 2017
— Addie (@ptv1Dswsgleeomm) March 1, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews She is a beautiful woman.
— KIM EDWARDS (@KIM_EDWARDS_) March 1, 2017
.@cjscalia Rightly so, Christopher. Your father was an historical figure, brilliant and good man. Thank you for sharing him with America.
— Dolphie (@Dolphieness) March 1, 2017
— ??Joe Soliz ??? (@joe56odad) March 1, 2017
@cjscalia @kristenvandrie Beautiful moment!
— Lori McClelland (@lmcclelland63) March 1, 2017
A date has not yet been set to commence Gorsuch’s confirmation process in the Senate.
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