Reactions started pouring in quickly after the news hit that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had been found dead at a resort in West Texas on Saturday.
Here’s Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), in a statement announcing Scalia’s death:
“Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges an lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecelia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Rex.), from his Facebook page:
Today our Nation mourns the loss of one of the greatest Justices in history – Justice Antonin Scalia. A champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution, he will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history.
As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism. And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. He was an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights. All liberty-loving Americans should be in mourning.
Justice Scalia’s three decades on the Court was one of President Reagan’s most consequential legacies. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Maureen, their nine children, and their precious grandchildren.
Chief Justice John Roberts, in a stateement:
He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served.
Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the case that legalized gay marriage, for which Scalia issued a blistering dissent.
Thank you for your service to our country, Justice Scalia. Condolences to your family and friends. https://t.co/ajadxZ5EQ6
— Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell) February 13, 2016
Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor who headed President Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs:
Devastated by Justice Scalia’s death. One of the most important justices ever, a defender of the Rule of Law, and a truly wonderful person.
— Cass Sunstein (@CassSunstein) February 13, 2016
Reince Priebus, chairman of the National Republican Committee:
Justice Scalia was a wise voice & strong proponent for the Constitution & American values — Reince Priebus (@Reince) February 13, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:
The totally unexpected loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a massive setback for the Conservative movement and our COUNTRY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2016
Journalist Glenn Greenwald:
Don’t even try to enforce the inapplicable don’t-speak-ill-of-the-dead “rule” for the highly polarizing, deeply consequential Antonin Scalia
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 13, 2016