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Hollywood star Rob Lowe raised plenty of liberal eyebrows when he revealed a longtime friendship with a “studly” Supreme Court Justice.
The “Parks and Recreation” star shocked late-night show host Conan O’Brien during an interview when he dropped the name of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as someone people might be “surprised I’m friends with.”
(Source: via Media Research Center)
During a discussion on the podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” the 56-year-old actor and host of the FOX quiz show “Mental Samurai,” spoke about his own new podcast, “Literally! With Rob Lowe,” and the guests he would like to have join him.
“It could be Brat Pack people, it could be ‘West Wing’ people, ‘Parks and Rec’ people,” Lowe said. “It could be people (who) people are surprised I’m friends with… It’s going to be really, really fun.”
“Who would people be surprised that you’re friends with?” O’Brien asked.
“Are you guys really close?” he followed up after Lowe mentioned Thomas. “Wait, you know him?”
“I do know him,” Lowe replied, explaining how he met the 71-year-old who joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by former President George H. W. Bush.
“I got inducted into the Horatio Alger Society a couple years ago,” Lowe continued.
“It’s a very exclusive, very amazing society that provides scholarships for kids who come from terrible, terrible backgrounds,” he said. “But they are the best and the brightest in their classes. And the people in it are pretty studly. He’s one of them. That’s how we met. They put the medal on me in the halls of the Supreme Court.”
“Wow. OK,” an amazed O’Brien reacted.
Lowe went on to elaborate on the perception versus the reality of Thomas, the second African American to serve on the High Court.
“The reason I bring it up is he’s one of those people who occupies such a perception in people’s minds and he’s like, ‘If you ever need anything, call my number. This is my cell phone,” Lowe told the host.
“And then my son Matthew was going to law school. So I had some ideas about clerking and things like that,” he continued. “So I call this cell phone and he answers it. And you’re like, ‘Geeze. Shouldn’t there be, like, a vetting process?'”
“And 45 minutes he’s giving me advice on what my son should do vis-a-vis law school and clerking,” Lowe recalled.
Not surprisingly, the actor’s revelation triggered liberals on the cancel culture bandwagon.
— J in CA (@jamesadvorak) June 17, 2020
I already disliked Rob Lowe but on this episode of Conan’s podcast he’s on, he mentions that he’s close friends with Clarence Thomas. And he said it so nonchalantly??? Wtf.
— stay away from me (@Noxasdetovi) June 3, 2020
Just listened to your podcast with Rob Lowe. I always knew he was a republican but when I heard him say he’s ‘good friends’ with Clarence Thomas I wanted to vomit.. and it’s 3am. Horrid, horrid man.. and his wife? illegally making profit as a leader of the teaparty
— kj dandton (@RealNewsie4U) June 2, 2020
Plenty of other fans had a different view.
— Mark Casper (@MarkCasper62) June 16, 2020
Rob Lowe is one of the fairest, most well-spoken, and balanced celebs around today. I dont care what his views are, he is respectful of different viewpoints and is willing to talk and listen to others.
— Matt Rogers Ph.D. (c) (@lead_innovate74) June 17, 2020
Rob you have a pair after all, good for you
— Barry (@Eaglebarry) June 16, 2020
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