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Reaction to Antonin Scalia’s death: ‘A lion on the court and an unwavering defender of the Constitution’

Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative justice on the United States Supreme Court, died Saturday at age 79.
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative justice on the United States Supreme Court, died Saturday at age 79. The Associated Press

Here are some of the news releases and tweets from local and national political figures about the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback: “Justice Scalia was a great and faithful American who upheld the Constitution and brought true meaning to judicial restraint. He loved this nation and the Constitution's promise of a republic built on the rule of law.”

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Kansas Republican: “In his nearly 30 years of service on the Supreme Court he was a defender of the Constitution and the values our founding fathers wrote into our founding document.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court justice, one of the best of all time. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms.”

John Hancock, Missouri Republican Party chairman: “Thanks to his sharp intellect and outsized personality, Justice Scalia influenced a generation of legal scholars, lawyers, and judges, so his judicial philosophy will certainly live on, and his opinions — well-reasoned, witty, and brilliant — will be studied for years to come.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate: “His death is a serious loss to our nation and the court. He was an essential, principled force for conservative thought and is a model for others to follow.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican: “Justice Scalia was a lion on the court and an unwavering defender of the Constitution. The Supreme Court and the nation have lost a strong and thoughtful voice. I will miss talking to him about books and history.”

Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, tweeted: “Saddened to learn of #SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. He was a Constitutional warrior.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate: “While I differed with Justice Scalia’s views and jurisprudence, he was a brilliant, colorful and outspoken member of the Supreme Court.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican presidential candidate: “Today we lost a great man whose principled service left our nation vastly better off.”

Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, tweeted: “Justice Scalia will be remembered for his intellect, wit & principled approach to the rule of law—thoughts & prayers to his family & friends.”

Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate: “He made Americans proud, not only because he gave to the court the power and persuasion of his brilliant legal mind, but because he defended the Constitution with an unshakeable commitment to the text and to the intent of the Founders.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and presidential candidate: “The next president must nominate a justice who will continue Justice Scalia's unwavering belief in the founding principles that we hold dear.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and presidential candidate:: “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.”

Josh Hawley, a Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general: “Justice Scalia was the greatest Supreme Court Justice of our lifetimes.”

Dave Helling: 816-234-4656, @dhellingkc

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