Twitter Reacts to SCOTUS Decision on Voting Rights

Jun 25, 2013 1:21pm

As of 1 p.m. ET, over 79,000 tweets have been sent containing #SCOTUS or “Supreme Court,” according to Topsy Pro. (Which as a certified partner of Twitter has full access to Twitter’s fire hose.) Over 57,000 tweets in the same amount of time have included “voting rights” or #VRA.

The ruling has also dominated Twitter’s trend list; a term related to the court or its ruling has remained trending in the U.S. since the court released its first decision at 10 a.m. ET.

To put the amount of conversation on Twitter into perspective, over the same period of time, “Michael Jackson” has been tweeted over 96,000 times. (It was on this day in 2009 the pop star passed away.)

Novelist John Green claims one of the most re-tweeted tweets of the morning:

As usual, politicos first took to Twitter to bash the court’s ruling:

In the hours since the ruling, focus has shifted to Congress after the ruling. In a statement, President Obama called on Congress to act quickly following the court’s decision. Twitter followed suit:

Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker weighed in calling on Congress to act:

ABC News contributor Donna Brazile also joined the chorus urging action:

Yet social interest continues to be focused on the highly anticipated gay marriage rullings that will come tomorrow. The most retweeted tweet of the morning about the Supreme Court had nothing to do with the Voting Rights Act:

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