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“Some People Want to Use’ Scalia’s Funeral as a ‘Political Cudgel’”

by Melanie Hunter CNSnews:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Barack Obama’s decision to skip Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral on Saturday, telling reporters Thursday that they have “settled on an appropriate and respectful arrangement” and accusing those questioning the decision of using Scalia’s funeral “as some sort of political cudgel.”

“There’s so much rancor in politics and partisanship that we allow ourselves to get drawn into different corners to the extent that some people actually want to use the funeral of a Supreme Court Justice as some sort of political cudgel,” Earnest said when asked why the president is sending the vice president to funeral instead of attending it himself.

“As we discussed yesterday, the president and first lady tomorrow will be traveling to the Supreme Court building to pay their respects to Justice Scalia, whose body will be lying in repose at the Supreme Court,” Earnest said when asked why Obama doesn’t want to attend Scalia’s funeral.

“The Supreme Court has organized this opportunity for the American public to travel to the Supreme Court on Friday and pay tribute to Justice Scalia. That’s exactly what the president and first lady will be doing tomorrow,” Earnest added.

“Like thousands of Americans – not all of whom agree with Justice Scalia’s view of the law – they do agree that his service to the country and his service to an institution that is critical to our democracy warrants special attention, and the president will pay his respects to Justice Scalia and his service to the country by traveling to the Supreme Court tomorrow,” he said.

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