Critics were stunned Saturday after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas scolded Americans for not accepting controversial rulings — after his own wife battled against the outcomes of a legitimate presidential election.
Thomas chided a distraught public in comments Friday at a judicial conference in Atlanta following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that will gut Roe v. Wade and a half century of the appropriate to an abortion.
He complained that Americans are “addicted” to results they need — while “not living with” rulings they oppose. He warned that the court is not going to be “bullied” within the face of protest. Declining respect for the law and institutions, Thomas warned, “bodes sick for a free society.”
Thomas detractors were agog. Not only has his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, refused to “live with” the presidential election, he was the only real Supreme Court justice to vote that former President Donald Trump shouldn’t have must release his White House documents to the House committee investigating last yr’s revolt.
Ginni Thomas, who had special access to the Trump administration due to her husband’s position, peppered then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with dozens of texts as she worked feverishly to upend the outcomes of the election. That revelation in March triggered calls for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from all revolt issues — or be impeached.
Query for CT/SCOTUS:
Is it alright to be bullied into over turning the outcomes of an election? Asking for a ‘friend’. https://t.co/e85PjCY8Bn
— Vote Blue To Save Democracy #VoteBluein2022 🌊🌊🌊 (@parrot_this) May 7, 2022
Thomas has also repeatedly attempted to tear up legal precedence set by the court.
“The irony is so thick you wonder if it’s possibly a Clarence Thomas impersonator,” former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman said on MSNBC Saturday.
“Amongst other things, it is a guy who has spent a lifetime attempting to take a battering ram to all of the Supreme Court major precedents” of law, Litman added. “He’s now saying people don’t respect the law enough. That’s even leaving aside all of the controversies he has engendered, as has his wife. It’s just … remarkable.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote that it’s the Supreme Court aiming to “bully’ women “into having government-mandated pregnancies.”
Justice Clarence Thomas is incorrect, again. Governments are bullying women into having government-mandated pregnancies, under threat of jail. Multiple Supreme Court Justices lied during their confirmation process about their view of #RoeVWade and stare decisis. Those are the facts. https://t.co/4kUUVpckPG
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 7, 2022
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) identified even before the speech that each Thomas and conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh were questioned about credible accusations of sexual misconduct of their confirmation hearings, yet are deciding reproductive rights for ladies.
As a survivor, I’m occupied with how Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas are credibly accused of getting violated and harassed women and are actually those about to disclaim us our right to abortion care.
Abusers don’t belong in public office. Period.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) May 4, 2022
And that was only the start.
“We will’t be an establishment that will be bullied into supplying you with just the outcomes you would like.” – Clarence Thomas, yesterday
“Let’s bully Congress into giving us just the outcomes we wish.” – Ginni Thomas, January 6, 2021
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) May 7, 2022
Women shouldn’t be bullied to have babies by a Supreme Court that recognizes just one religion as legitimate, and seeks to impose their personal convictions upon your complete country, despite 70% of the country being against them.
— 𝔻𝕒𝕧𝕖 (@opusworks) May 7, 2022
Someone should ask Thomas to define the word “bullying”. Is it what he did to Anita Hill?
— Rick (@response_w) May 7, 2022
So the Supreme Court justice whose wife sent text messages pressuring White House staff to do more to overturn a free and fair election doesn’t consider government officials ought to be “bullied into delivering the popular end result?” Do tell. 🤦🏻
— Greg Pearson 🇺🇸😷🚴🏼♂️💉 (@GDNPearson) May 7, 2022
Shame Clarence Thomas didn’t tell his wife Ginni to learn to “live with” the end result of the 2020 election.
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) May 7, 2022