Editor’s note: Some tweets include adult language.
The announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy generated a firestorm of reactions from the left on Twitter.
- Brian Krassenstein, a regular Twitter commentator who constantly calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment
Justices can be impeached & we have grounds for impeachment if Trump is found illegitimate.
Gorsuch & any Replacement of Justice Kennedy would be fair game
I'm sick of playing fair. Play dirty. This nation's future depends on it.#MidtermsBeforeSCOTUS
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 27, 2018
2. The National Women’s Law Center
Adding another Trump extremist will absolutely ensure that decisions like these are the norm for potentially generations to come. WE CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN. #SaveSCOTUS
— NWLC (@nwlc) June 27, 2018
With Trump nominating the next Supreme Court Justice, our constitutional right to access legal abortion is in ????, ????????? danger—along with the fundamental rights of all Americans. #SaveSCOTUS #CourtsMatter #RoevWade
— NARAL (@NARAL) June 27, 2018
4. Dr. Eugene Gu, a a regular critic of Trump
Without Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, women’s reproductive freedom and the fate of Roe v. Wade now swing in the balance at the whim of Donald J. Trump.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 27, 2018
President Trump will almost certainly replace Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s swing vote seat with an ultra-conservative one in the mold of Neil Gorsuch. The Judiciary is our last line of defense against authoritarianism, and we are seeing it crumble away before our very eyes.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 27, 2018
Trump promised to overturn Roe v. Wade, and his lower court nominees are making this nightmare a reality. We can expect the next SCOTUS nominee to be no different. #SaveSCOTUS pic.twitter.com/hZH9c8c8Tv
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 27, 2018
6. Comedian Christian Finnegan
Dem senators, repeat after me:
“The President of the United States is under investigation for collusion with a foreign adversary and obstruction of justice. There can be no SCOTUS replacement until he’s been cleared.”
— Christian Finnegan (@ChristFinnegan) June 27, 2018
7. Director Rob Reiner
The illegitimate POTUS will now try to ram a SCOTUS nominee through before Nov. So much for that McConnell rule. Calling on two principled Republicans to stand up against tyranny.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 27, 2018
8. Comedian Cameron Esposito
45 getting another SCOTUS seat makes me nauseated
im w/ u, other queer folks & anyone who’s part of a marginalized group
Ur fear isn’t silly. Ur anger is just.
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) June 27, 2018
9. Actor Kevin McHale
Hey hey, fuck off everyone who voted for Trump or didn’t vote at all. The SCOTUS is going to be a dumpster fire and it’s your fault and we’re going to have to live with that for the rest of our lives. ????
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 27, 2018
10. Political activist and writer Holly Figueroa O’Reilly
Literally *begging* Congress NOT to be civil when it comes to Trump's next #SCOTUS pick when Justice Kennedy leaves in July.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly ? BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 27, 2018
SCOTUS is not the friend of working people and never has been. As Howard Zinn might have put it: it’s not who’s sitting on the court that really matters, but who’s *sitting in.*
Disruptive mass movements have forced the hand of the court and can do so again.
— Socialist Worker ? (@SocialistViews) June 27, 2018
SUPREME COURT NOW
COMPLETELY RIGHT WING??
“trumps SUPREME COURT”WILL TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS??ROE V.WADE,GAY RIGHTS,TOO MANY TO LIST??THIS BLOW COULDN’T BE MORE SEVERE??IF WE DONT FIGHT LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT,
“SOME AMERICANS ”COULD FIND “THEMSELVES”IN INTERNMENT CAMPS
— Cher (@cher) June 27, 2018
13. A gun control organization
"Americans will not stand idly by any attempt to use this nomination to undermine public safety.”
Everytown responds to news that Justice Kennedy will retire from the Supreme Court. https://t.co/E7v4v58Udx
— Everytown (@Everytown) June 27, 2018
14. Netflix writer Ira
We're in hell. https://t.co/mXIt1cXCe8
— Ira (@ira) June 27, 2018
15. Former Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) June 27, 2018
16. Author and comedian Michael Ian Black
Stock up on abortions now. Roe v. Wade is gone.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 27, 2018
17. Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress’ justice editor
Fuck. You. Justice. Kennedy.https://t.co/q6Asq83WJL
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 27, 2018
When it comes time to decide on a replacement for Justice Kennedy, I hope that my Republican colleagues who believe that women, not the government, have the right to control their bodies will stand with those of us who oppose any nominee who would deny women the right to choose.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 27, 2018
Time to stock up on abortions!
— Jessie Dean (@NicCageMatch) June 27, 2018
20. Freelance writer David Leavitt
Hurry up an get your abortions now before Trump picks Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement, who will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, which will allow states to prohibit abortion.
Retweet if you believe women should have the right to choose.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 27, 2018
21. Actress Eden Riegel
Ladies, if you have the means, get an IUD now. Abortion rights are threatened in the next SCOTUS term. Fellas, get those tubes snipped. All us broads are gonna be handmaided.
— Eden Riegel (@edenriegel) June 27, 2018
22. Style magazine writer Carla Sosenko
If you are a woman and a friend of mine with a birthday coming up soon, I’m getting you an abortion for a present while I still can. Enjoy it. #JusticeKennedy
— carla sosenko (@carlasosenko) June 27, 2018
23. Tech writer Peter Bright
Better get your abortions now, ladies, because in a couple of years SCOTUS is gonna overturn Roe v Wade.
— Peter Bright ????? (@DrPizza) June 27, 2018