Republican senator accidentally tweets picture of a Justice Antonin Scalia impersonator to mourn his passing

UPDATE: Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's *staff* may want to double check before hashtaging Scalia's death

Published February 14, 2016 1:23AM (EST)


Update: Sen. Johnson's campaign spokesman clarified that the tweet was not sent out by the Congressman himself. "Staff made an honest mistake while attempting to honor Justice Scalia," Brian Reisinger said in an email to Salon.

Yes, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden passing on Saturday was unexpected, but that doesn't excuse Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson's inexplicable tweet mourning the 79-year-old conservative jurist with a picture of what is clearly a Scalia impersonator:

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The Republican senator has since deleted the tweet:

The picture Johnson tweeted was of Edward Gero, an actor who portrayed Scalia in “The Originalist,” a play centered around the Supreme Court Justice.

If it's any comfort to Johnson, his tweet confirms he is a man of the people as only 16 percent of Americans were able to name Justice Scalia when asked to identify a Supreme Court Justice.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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