Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas takes a timely look at his 1991 confirmation hearings, led by then-Sen. Joe Biden, declaring it wasn’t the Ku Klux Klan he should have been leery of, as he had been told throughout his life, but “the modern-day liberal.”
Thomas takes Biden and the Democratic Party to task in the upcoming documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” where he talks about his life, from a childhood in impoverished rural Georgia to the Unites States Supreme Court.
“I felt as though in my life I had been looking at the wrong people as the people who would be problematic toward me. We were told that, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be the bigot in the pickup truck; it’s gonna be the Klansmen; it’s gonna be the rural sheriff,’” Thomas explains in the film, according to ABC News.
“But it turned out that through all of that, ultimately the biggest impediment was the modern-day liberal,” he said. “They were the ones who would discount all those things because they have one issue or because they have the power to caricature you.”
Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during Thomas’ contentious confirmation process, as Thomas faced sexual harassment allegations from Anita Hill, an African-American law professor at the time.
Thomas famously called what would transpire a “high-tech lynching.”
The timing of the film — it’s set for a Spring 2020 release — is not good news for Biden’s presidential bid. In today’s #MeToo era, the progressive elements of the Democratic Party feel Biden wasn’t protective of Hill amid the intense scrutiny of her claims.
Biden spoke directly with Hill in April, offering an apology in hopes of wiping the slate clean.
Thomas, who was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48, has long denied the accusations leveled against him.
“Do I have, like, stupid written on the back of my shirt? I mean, come on. We know what this is all about,” Thomas said in the documentary. “People should just tell the truth: ‘This is the wrong black guy; he has to be destroyed.’ Just say it. Then now we’re at least honest with each other.”
“The idea was to get rid of me,” he added. “And then after I was there, it was to undermine me.”
Thomas is asked in the film to respond to Biden’s line of questioning during the hearings on his views of natural law.
“I have no idea what he was talking about,” he replied. “I understood what he was trying to do. I didn’t really appreciate it. Natural law was nothing more than a way of tricking me into talking about abortion.”
Senate Democrats were singularly focused on abortion, according to the jurist.
“Most of my opponents on the judiciary committee cared about only one thing,” Thomas said. “How would I rule on abortion rights. You really didn’t matter and your life didn’t matter. What mattered is what they wanted and what they wanted was this particular issue.”
Not much has changed in 28 years, it would appear.
Thomas also spoke on the double standard at play in America today when it comes to minorities who wander from the Democratic plantation.
“There’s different sets of rules for different people,” he said. “If you criticize a black person who’s more liberal, you’re a racist. Whereas you can do whatever to me, or to now [HUD Secretary] Ben Carson, and that’s fine, because you’re not really black because you’re not doing what we expect black people to do.”
As ABC News noted, Thomas avoids public appearances and “is famously quiet during oral arguments,” having gone three years without speaking in the courtroom — he ended that streak by asking a question in May.
“We are judges, not advocates,” he said of his silence. “It’s not my job to argue with lawyers. The referee in the game shouldn’t be a participant in the game.”
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