Deputy Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested on Friday that liberals and pro-choice advocates are throwing “tantrums” over the potential subversion Roe v. Calf.
Thomas, the longest-serving member of the court, was speaking in Dallas, Texas, at a conference organized by conservative groups including the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute.
He lamented the recent leak of a draft majority opinion that would shatter the precedent of the 1973 milestone roe ruling and suggested it damaged the nation’s highest court.
Referring to recent anti-abortion protests outside the homes of some conservative judges, Thomas argued that the left is employing tactics conservatives are not.
“They would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices unless things went our way,” Thomas said. “We didn’t throw tantrums. It is our duty to always act appropriately and not take revenge for everything.”
Thomas said that conservatives “never crushed a Supreme Court nominee,” but he acknowledged that Merrick Garland did not get a hearing when former President Barack Obama nominated him for the court in 2016.
Garland is now serving as attorney general after Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings on his nomination, but Thomas said Garland “wasn’t devastated.”
“You’re not going to see the total destruction of a single candidate,” Thomas said. “You also won’t see people going into other people’s homes, attacking them at dinner in a restaurant and throwing things at them.”
Thomas pointed to Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial hearing in 2018. His own 1991 confirmation trial was also highly controversial and included allegations of sexual harassment, which he denied.
The conservative justice also appeared to defend Senate Republicans’ decision not to give Garland a hearing in 2016, saying they were following a rule President Joe Biden had proposed as a senator, “that is, you don’t get one in the final year of a government.” hearing.”
The so-called Biden Rule, invoked by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is not a Senate rule but a proposal Biden made in 1992 at a time when there was no vacant Supreme Court seat . Biden had argued that candidates for the court should not be considered in presidential elections.
Earlier in his remarks on Friday, Thomas addressed the leaked majority opinion released by Politico earlier this month.
“What happened in court is incredibly bad,” he said. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”
Thomas said the leak was “like some kind of infidelity.”
https://www.newsweek.com/clarence-thomas-liberals-throwing-temper-tantrums-roe-v-wade-supreme-court-abortion-1706654 Clarence Thomas says liberals throw ‘tantrums’ over Roe v. trigger calf