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:
The Supreme Court proves again that it's worse at being Congress than Congress is. And that's really saying something.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 25, 2013
As usual, politicos first took to Twitter to bash the court’s ruling:
SCOTUS took a step backward on voting rights, on civil rights, & on justice for all. The decision is a cue for Congress to strengthen #VRA.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 25, 2013
Today's SCOTUS decision is deeply disappointing. The Court has effectively taken the legs out from underneath the Voting Rights Act.
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) June 25, 2013
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:
Discrimination in voting still very real. Congress must now act decisively to keep #VRA robust and effective
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 25, 2013
ABC News contributor Donna Brazile also joined the chorus urging action:
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) June 25, 2013
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:
Who will be our Abe Lincoln today? Who will make the choice of FREEDOM FOR ALL. #SCOTUS
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 25, 2013