There are already plenty of hot takes rolling in on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy — liberals are not happy and they’re not being quiet about it. How dare he retire knowing Trump will get to appoint a nominee?
Slate wasted no time in shaming Kennedy for destroying his legacy as a hero of the LGBT movement by not waiting to retire until a Democrat was in the White House.
— Slate (@Slate) June 27, 2018
Mark Joseph Stern writes:
Court-watchers have long wondered which part of Kennedy’s legacy the justice himself was most interested in preserving. Would he wish to save Citizens United, allowing unlimited corporate electioneering, and other landmark conservative rulings favoring federalism, gun rights, and Republicans? Or would he rather safeguard [same-sex marriage case] Obergefell and its predecessors by retiring under a Democratic president guaranteed to replace him with a gay-friendly justice?
On Wednesday, we learned the answer, and it’s a grim one for LGBTQ Americans. Their marriage rights were secure so long as Kennedy sat on the court with four liberals. In his absence, there is a very real chance that nationwide marriage equality will become a thing of the past.
So, Kennedy today has destroyed his legacy as a gay rights hero?
…by retiring? https://t.co/ttE7B9y4Wa
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) June 27, 2018
Because he retired? Seems like a reasonable claim https://t.co/fzGalCDpO4
— Phil B (@thephilipbrown) June 27, 2018
You can't parody Slate. https://t.co/F5OdIYOBNj
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 27, 2018
The man was the architect of the biggest gay rights legal victory ever.
How much fealty is required here? The suggestion he hasn't done enough is baldly totalitarian. https://t.co/FfdoSljxSW
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 27, 2018
this is a dumb take https://t.co/9DGa06U6fV
— Adam Lawrence (@lewisalawrence) June 27, 2018
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) June 27, 2018
Let this gross ingratitude inform the next nominee. https://t.co/bpScoekcXw
— Just Karl (@justkarl) June 27, 2018
Watch them strip every accolade they ever laid at Kennedy's feet https://t.co/mchyOyyNoR
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 27, 2018
I'm sure he's distraught that Slate doesn't like him anymore 😂 https://t.co/lH5rDMjgiM
— Persnickety (@Dawnsfire) June 27, 2018
Kennedy’s retirement means he's…
*puts coin into outrage slot machine*
*all three reels land on “homophobe*
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) June 27, 2018
Wtf people. Eat your own. The guy is 80+ years old. Could be sick? Could just want to enjoy his final years? https://t.co/QkJX3d04IH
— Josh McLean (@JoshMclean82) June 27, 2018
He's 81 does he not get a chance at a life outside of government service? https://t.co/Hulk8dINHG
— Lone Pats Fan (@LonePatFan1) June 27, 2018
Calm down, everyone.
— Luke (@smally553) June 27, 2018
Damn. Did every liberal shitrag have hit pieces on Kennedy already written? https://t.co/u2vPfXjHOa
— dave (@nochiefs) June 27, 2018
That was fast.
'HEIL TRUMP!' Anthony Kennedy's impending SCOTUS retirement sends libs into a TAILSPIN https://t.co/VCMQkzdJhi
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 27, 2018