After the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away, social media exploded. Some of it was good, some of it was neutral, some of it was bad.
Some of it was downright crazy.
Let’s start with Sen. Chuck Schumer, who before even offering a memoriam or condolences, immediately dove into political gamesmanship.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
Schumer did not send condolences to RBG and her family or comment on her legacy. He jumped right to filling the seat, in case anyone has any doubt about how this is going to go.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 18, 2020
Then there is this lovely thought on a woman’s passing. Read it now before the author gets overwhelmed and deletes it.
If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots.
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) September 18, 2020
*more, bigger riots
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) September 19, 2020
She is NOT alone in this madness.
If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire fucking thing down.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
And I don’t even really know WHAT this is:
Kyle Rittenhouse for SCOTUS
— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) September 19, 2020
The Bad Tweet Showdown of the Century. Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/5tMz1jdaFF
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 19, 2020
See it’s like I told ya, some were good, some were bad, some were crazy. A lot of tweets are simply foreshadowing or predicting what we all know to be true, that it’s about to get even crazier here in 2020.
The prediction that things are about to get ugly is predominant.
Politics about to get really turnt up.
— MARCUS J. CAREY (@marcusjcarey) September 18, 2020
I thought the election got peak ugly but now I think we’re just getting started.
— Tom Vaughan (@tomvaughan) September 19, 2020
Democrats are going to try their hardest to utterly destroy whoever Trump picks for SCOTUS.
If you thought Kavanaugh’s confirmation was ugly, you better prepare yourself.
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 18, 2020
Given what the Left did to Kavanaugh, things are about to get really really ugly. I wish we could go back to a time when people weren’t completely demonic about politics.
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) September 18, 2020
Pray for our country. Things are about to get real ugly.
— Brad Polumbo 🇺🇸⚽️ 🏳️🌈 (@brad_polumbo) September 18, 2020
Plus expectations for the next nominee. Think Kavanaugh but more.
The Dems claimed the dullest nominee in history was secretly a high school drug lord/gang rapist. Wonder what they'll cook up for the new nominee.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 19, 2020
There were a lot of nasty “good riddance” posts from the right AND the left. Here’s two beelow, in that order.
Good Riddance Ginsburg!🖕🏻
— Constitutional Guard (@Constit07258669) September 19, 2020
Essentially, your premise is that I should prefer a pro-capitalist racist who speaks softly as opposed to loudly. One of Ginsburg's last rulings was to affirm the Trump administration's disgusting anti-refugee policy with DHS v. Thuraigassam. So I say again: Good riddance. https://t.co/012JarW4LH
— Bitter Trotskyist (@MEGAMANTROTSKY) September 19, 2020
There are so many more tweets of every variety and shape, but these really caught my attention as representative.
And if they are any indication, this roller coaster we’re on this year is getting even faster and crazier than we thought it would over the next few weeks.
Here are some tweets in memoriam from familiar folks. Sadly these will probably themselves produce hate replies.
The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg was so inspirational to me. As a cancer survivor, she showed us that she could beat cancer multiple times – not just once.
RIP, you warrior.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 18, 2020
Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic. She was a warrior with true conviction and she has my absolute respect! #RIP
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg devoted her entire life to reading, interpreting, and understanding the law. To describe her as a gifted lawyer and jurist who had a profound influence on our country is an understatement. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) September 18, 2020
By the way, a large share of the uglier tweets are dedicated to attacking McConnell. Here’s one wishing harm on him, from a blue check that won’t be reprimanded by Twitter.
All we can hope for in times like these is that Mitch McConnell has a stroke from laughing too hard
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) September 18, 2020
To clarify: I don’t want him to die. I just want him to be brain dead. I’m not a monster.
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) September 19, 2020
I told ya. Ugly.