Clarence Thomas is not usually someone politicos think about when talking about non-partisan behavior.
The Supreme Court Justice was appointed by George H.W. Bush to the highest court in the land and has voted along with other Republican justices almost every time a case has come in front of the court.
However, Thomas recently spoke about his court and the perceived partisan behavior of late, especially with a 6-3 conservative majority. The fact that everyone agrees there is a 6-3 conservative majority would already seem to discount Thomas’s point.
The justice’s remarks came during a lecture at the University of Notre Dame. During that address, he talked about the media and seemed to claim it was their fault the country considers him “conservative.”
“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference,” Thomas said in response to a question about public misconceptions of the court. “So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician.”
“That’s a problem,” he went on to add. “You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”
Backlash To Clarence Thomas Begins
Congressman Ted Lieu was one of the first to note that Thomas’s comments appear to deny what the case work in the last few decades show.
“Dear Justice Clarence Thomas,” Lieu wrote on Twitter. “Stop gaslighting the American people. You just voted to allow an extreme Texas anti-abortion, anti-freedom law to go into effect even though it violates the law of the land, Roe v. Wade. And you did it by hiding behind your cowardly shadow docket.”
In fact, the Congressman was quote tweeting a post by journalist Molly Jong Fast. She pointed out that Thomas was speaking out about something that he’s actively doing.
Thomas is speaking out against something he is actively doing.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 17, 2021
Others on Twitter simply made it clear they didn’t think that Thomas deserved to be in the court at all.
Whenever Clarence Thomas is trending I just do this. pic.twitter.com/p5975cr4LN
— Desiree Adaway (@desireeadaway) September 17, 2021
“Most of us lost our faith in Clarence Thomas after the Anita Hill case,” another poster wrote on Twitter. “And also watching his wife help the Jan 6th Insurrectionists. He just happens to sit on the Supreme Court as a judge I have little faith in. And, of course, attacking journalists backs that view.”
Joining Amy Coney Barrett
Thomas’ comments come just a few weeks after another SCOTUS justice denounced partisanship. Amy Coney Barrett gave a talk where, among other things, she declared that judges must be “hyper-vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too.”
Like the reaction to Thomas, most people felt as though her comments were out of step with her behavior.
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