‘A Giant of the Law’: Reactions Pour In as People Mourn Scalia’s Passing


The news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died immediately shocked the political world, and the reactions immediately poured in.

First off, Chief Justice John Roberts released this statement on his colleague’s death:

A White House spokesman delivered a short statement (we will update this post when President Obama himself issues a statement):

A great many conservatives heralded him as a giant that will be hard to replace:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson have already issued statements on Scalia’s passing:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement saying, like some candidate above, that the next president should be the one to appoint Scalia’s replacement:

Former President George W. Bush released a statement on his passing as well:

Now, naturally, there were some not-very-positive things posted on social media from people who did not like Cruz. Glenn Greenwald made the case that his decisions were so consequential that “don’t speak ill of the dead” does not apply, and he got some blowback for it:

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