Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state at the US Capitol. The ceremony tug at Americans’ hearts when Bryant Johnson, the late Supreme Court Justice’s trainer, approached the casket, proceeded to bend to the ground to do push-ups for RBG one last time. Ginsburg stayed strong for years with Bryant’s help. He trained Ginsburg — then a two-time cancer survivor — with a workout schedule to keep her fit. So, when he approached the casket, it was a sobering and emotional moment.
Johnson had trained Ginsburg since 1999, shortly after she was treated for colon cancer. In an interview, Ginsburg referred to Johnson as the most important person in her life. As the nation mourn’s the loss of this accomplished woman, Bryant made the day even more heart-wrenching with his moving gesture.
Bryant Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer, does push-ups as Justice Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol.
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 25, 2020
Twitter users weighed in.
what a kick a$$ way to pay tribute to RBG
— Dominic Chu (@TheDomino) September 25, 2020
I have never cried over push ups before…but that streak is broken
— 🏳️🌈freedom of peach 🍑 (@demwitted) September 25, 2020
Someone needs to send this fellow some flowers and tell him he did a good job. I’m sure he’s really hurting right now.
— Brandon R. A. Hall (@brandonrahall) September 25, 2020
20 years together! A fitting tribute, I’d sayhttps://t.co/9HSWEOhx5q
— Eileen Ridge (@notbangalore) September 25, 2020
I’m crying right now…awesome….
— jen (@jen13864369) September 25, 2020
That was precious
— Covfefe it up 🤮🤮🤮 (@WillisNonie) September 25, 2020
I’m done. That got me. Really, really got me.
— Marilyn Gates (@MarilynGates) September 25, 2020
She would have absolutely loved this ❤️
— Nacho (@sabema11) September 25, 2020
And anyone that thinks that was weird didn’t know anything about the Notorious RBG. The two have worked together to rebuild Ginsburg’s strength and bone density following the late Supreme Court justice’s two battles with cancer. Bryant and Ginsburg were very close, and this tribute would have pleased the late Justice. Push-ups for RGB — I can’t think of anything more fitting. I’m not crying; you’re crying.
Featured image via screen capture