Vox ‘s Ian Millhiser tweeted and deleted a pre-written obituary for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Tuesday morning. Although it is common practice for news organizations to write obituaries for public figures prior to their death, this incitement to violence is unacceptable, considering that an assassination attempt has already been made on another Justice.
“August is a slow month so I’m spending my morning updating some of my prewritten obituaries,” . . .
One sentence fragment notes it is generally “considered to be quite gauche to speak ill of the recently deceased.”
Another line reads, “Samuel Alito, who died on XXXX, was not devoid of any positive traits,” and was a “highly effective advocate for conservative causes.”
Here’s a screen grab of the tweet:
According to the New York Post, Millhiser’s obituary of the conservative justice sparked outrage on Twitter, with Townhall columnist Derek Hunter labeling the Vox correspondent a “sick f—er” and accusing him of “trying to inspire someone to murder a Supreme Court Justice.”
Another critic helpfully suggested other, less macabre activities for Millhiser in his downtime.
“Maybe take a walk, do something nice for someone, take a break from Twitter…because this is creepy,” user @CandiceLEn wrote.