Ian Millhiser, Vox senior editor, wrote about the death of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito by creating a “prewritten obituary” for him.
In a tweet that has been deleted, Millhiser stated that he updated some in his “prewritten obituaries” to start out the “slow month” of August. He expressed his thoughts on the upcoming loss of Justice Samuel Alito.
“Justice Samuel Alito, who died on XXXX, was not devoid of any positive traits. He was a skilled attorney and a highly effective advocate for conservative causes,” noted Millhiser in his fake obituary.
“Had he spent his career as a litigator, he would almost certainly be remembered as one of the Republican Party’s leading Supreme Court practitioners,” the obituary continued.
Millhiser concluded the obituary saying that Alito was an extreme, politically biased judge who followed directions from the Republican Party.
“The problem is that Justice Alito was, indeed, one of the Republican Party’s leading Supreme Court advocates — but he embraced this role while he was a sitting justice,” said Millhiser.
Millhiser's fanciful tale of Alito's death was written after an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh's behalf by Nicholas John Roske, who stated that he was looking to change the course of history.
“I could get at least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3 all of the major decisions for the past 10 years have been along party lines so if there are more liberal than conservative judges, they will have the power,” Roske declared on Reddit.
Millhiser's fake obituary also comes at a time when pro-life groups across the United States have been subjected to a summer of vandalism and violence following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. One of the groups responsible for this violence, Ruth Sent Us, openly published the addresses of Conservative Supreme Court Justices online as explained by Alex Marlow, Editor-in-Chief for Breitbart.
“Ruth Sent Us garnered national attention after publishing the supposed location of the homes (via a Google map) of the six centrist and originalist Supreme Court justices to their website,” noted Marlow. “This led to (illegal) protests targeting justices at their homes. In June, a man was arrested outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home and charged with attempted murder.”
“Despite their role in the unprecedented protests in Supreme Court justices’ neighborhoods, Ruth Sent Us downplayed the arrest, saying it wasn’t a ‘serious’ assassination attempt,” Marlow continued. “The group’s antics have, however, attracted the attention of TikTok, which briefly banned the group in May (but has since reinstated it) and Twitter, where the group’s account is currently suspended, presumably due to the threats and harassment.”