Twitter is known for being a “town square” of social media, where individuals can philosophize, debate, or provide wit and witticisms. However, the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia showed the world how Twitter could also serve as platform for expressing profound thanks, admiration, and respect.
As reported by CNET, within hours of Justice Scalia’s death, Twitter received more than 650,000 tweets about Scalia. Message content was varied, ranging from offering condolences to Scalia’s family, praising Scalia’s many contributions and achievements, as well as speculating on what his sudden passing could imply for the future.
Irrespective, Justice Scalia was an impressive figure who served his country until the very end. Just as he did while alive, Scalia in death caused individuals from all camps to express their opinion and generate discussion. Here is a sample of many of the tweets that were sent after Scalia’s death. May he rest in peace.
The totally unexpected loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a massive setback for the Conservative movement and our COUNTRY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
J. Scalia email to law clerk who declined to go to church w/ him: "I shall tell the Creator of the Universe you were too busy to see him."
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 13, 2016
Sad to hear of Justice Scalia death. A great man. I hosted him on a duck hunt. One of the great joys of my life https://t.co/eaYs5b6bcB
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 13, 2016
Jeanette & I mourn the loss of Justice Scalia, and our thoughts & prayers are with his wife Maureen & his family. pic.twitter.com/e03KRZRM6q
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2016
Politics aside, we should all die full of years, with 28 grandchildren, in our sleep after quail hunting. Antonin Scalia RIP.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 13, 2016
Devastating lose of Justice Scalia. A legal giant who steered the Supreme Court onto the Constitution. God Bless him.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 13, 2016
Didn't agree with many of Justice Scalia's views, but he was a brilliant man of great principle & integrity. RIP. pic.twitter.com/menWIbnJyW
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 13, 2016
rn St Peter is like, "whoa whoa whoa, you're that Scalia? Take a seat."
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 13, 2016
Devastated by Justice Scalia's death. One of the most important justices ever, a defender of the Rule of Law, and a truly wonderful person.
— Cass Sunstein (@CassSunstein) February 13, 2016
Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world.
— Antonin Scalia