A shockwave was felt through the political world on Wednesday when it was announced that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would be retiring at the end of July.
The 81 year-old Justice was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1988 and is stepping down after more than 30 years in America’s highest court. He has cast his vote on some of the most important cases in America’s history.
Justice Kennedy informed President Trump of his decision in a letter.
People from opposite ends of the political spectrum are reacting very differently to Kennedy’s retirement. Liberal leaning personalities have strongly voiced their displeasure with the news, some going as far as to attack Kennedy himself.
Curtis Cook, a ‘comedian’ and writer at Comedy Central, openly wished for violence upon Kennedy. The tweet has since been deleted, but the internet never forgets. ForAmerica preserved the violent post for posterity.
Other mainstream media outlets and public figures took shots at the retiring Justice, including a vile tweet by Comedy Central, a cable TV channel that used to be all about comedy. (The tweet has been edited to block the offense language.)
Some news outlets and pundits lamented Kennedy's retirement, believing that abortion and gay marriage will now be overturned.
There are pundits who want Democrats to use Joe Biden’s rule and obstruct whomever President Trump nominates due to it being an election year, despite the fact that the precent Biden set only accounted for presidential elections.
Right leaning personalities, however, are largely thanking Justice Kennedy for his distinguished service and are welcoming the opportunity that has opened up for a potential conservative leaning Supreme Court to take shape.
There are others who have attempted to make light of the situation, like Mark Dice for instance, showing how far the outrage has progressed.