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Hour 1: Liberals Respond to Antonin Scalia’s Death with Hatred, Mockery, Joy


Within one hour of news breaking that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep, progressives on Twitter put politics before basic human decency–both celebrating and mocking his death.


All tweets here come from users deemed consequential enough for a “Verified” account:

Charles Manning is “Senior Style Editor for”

Adam Mansbach is author of the bestselling children’s book Go the F*** to Sleep.

Jarry Lee is Deputy Books Editor at BuzzFeed:

Lee’s sentiment (now deleted) echoes the site’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, who told employees that it is all right to call Donald Trump a “mendacious racist” as it is considered a factual statement within the company.

One of Lee’s colleagues, Rachel Zarrell–who earlier got into hot water over a Twitter outburst on gun control–seemingly celebrated the news of Scalia’s death with a partying emoji.

Jess Dweck is a writer for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:

Many others in the comedy world had hot takes:

This editor at Digg gives a snapshot of how Brooklyn is reacting:

While not Verified, these accounts are also prominent figures in media:

Silvia Killingsworth is managing editor of The New Yorker.

Mike Montero is a web designer, author, and public speaker:

Charles Finch is the author of a series of mystery novels and writes about books for several national publications.

Randi Mayem Singer is a screenwriter and producer for several family films, including Mrs. Doubtfire.

Connor Kilpatrick is an editor for the openly socialist Jacobin magazine.

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