Joss Whedon, the entertainment mogul behind films like “Justice League” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” added his voice to the growing chorus of lament after President Donald Trump said he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
Whedon is no stranger to controversy, as he’s joked about cancer survivors, called Trump’s son-in-law a “Voldemort in training,” and suggested he was grateful his mother wasn’t alive for Trump’s presidency.
His reaction to Kavanaugh was similarly inflammatory, claiming Monday that if Congress merely considered Kavanaugh’s nomination, it would “cement the first American dictatorship”:
Even CONSIDERING this nomination will cement the first American dictatorship #KavaNO
— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 10, 2018
Plenty of people responded, and it wasn’t pretty:
You're a writer and yet you don't even seem to know the meaning of the word ("dictatorship") you're using. Weird.
— Rick Belden (@rickbelden) July 10, 2018
Oh, look… pic.twitter.com/aWaiG4AJtJ
— Warner Todd Huston (@warnerthuston) July 10, 2018
— Jason Smith (@Ultimatetidefan) July 10, 2018
Over-exaggerate much? pic.twitter.com/batbYKgBpQ
— Mr. Untactical (@MrUntactical) July 10, 2018
nothing kavanaugh can do to america is worse than what joss whedon did to us with that dumb russian family in justice league imho pic.twitter.com/BqBsdRcgoQ
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 10, 2018
After watching what you did to "Justice League," I'm not going to take your advice on justice, thanks https://t.co/LH6UBXYTPj
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 10, 2018
Whedon wasn’t the only one to incorrectly assume that a Supreme Court victory for Trump would install a dictatorship. “The View” co-host Joy Behar did the same while announcing the topic last month.
“Let’s have everybody a Republican,” she said. “The Supreme Court, the Congress, the presidency. What is that called? Dictatorship, I believe.”