Justice Thomas concerned for credibility of Supreme Court with looming cancel culture, ‘packing’

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke on Friday in Utah at an event hosted by former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s foundation, voicing worry concerning politicized efforts to pack or stack the court and how that would destroy its credibility.

Thomas is the most senior justice on the nine-member high court and asserts that he is very concerned about the long-term repercussions of trends such as “cancel culture” and a lack of civil debate in America.

“You can cavalierly talk about packing or stacking the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this or doing that. At some point the institution is going to be compromised,” he stated in front of an audience of approximately 500 people in Salt Lake City at the Grand America Hotel, according to the Associated Press.

“By doing this, you continue to chip away at the respect of the institutions that the next generation is going to need if they’re going to have civil society,” Thomas asserted.

“You can’t keep taking chips out of your institutions and not expect it to, at some point, be compromised. At some point, it can’t keep withstanding the efforts to undermine,” he said.

The Supreme Court has a historic full plate coming up this year, dealing with hot-button issues such as voting rights, guns, and abortion.

In response to what leftists see as a conservative threat by the evenly split court, they are calling for expanding the number of justices sitting on it. President Joe Biden has convened a commission to “study” expansion of the court.

“Let’s be honest. This is really about the results they want. They haven’t been able to make the institutions do what they want, to give them what they want. That’s no court at all. That’s no rule of law,” Thomas emphatically remarked.

“I’m afraid, particularly in this world of cancel culture attack, I don’t know where you’re going to learn to engage as we did when I grew up,”  he lamented. “If you don’t learn at that level in high school, in grammar school, in your neighborhood, or in civic organizations, then how do you have it when you’re making decisions in government, in the legislature, or in the courts?”

Thomas also took a swipe at the media and the left for attacking his wife and himself incessantly. He also condemned attacks against other public figures who lean conservative such as the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia.

Thomas recounted his 1991 confirmation process which was turned into a circus by leftists who feared his conservative constitutional rulings. He called it a humiliating and embarrassing experience that taught him not to be overly prideful.

He was infamously targeted over sexual harassment allegations by a former employee named Anita Hill, which Thomas steadfastly denied. He called the attack a “high-tech lynching.”

Thomas’ recollection of his confirmation was made in reference to the pending confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. If she is confirmed, she will be the first female black justice on the court. President Joe Biden selected her apparently because she was female and black. Her qualifications were considered secondary.

Justice Thomas grew up during segregation in Georgia. He considers civility one of his highest values and pointed out that he learned to respect institutions and fought to debate civilly with anyone who disagreed with his viewpoint while he was in school. He no longer believes colleges foster constructive debate, especially for students who believe in traditional family values and oppose abortion.

Roe v. Wade never came up in his speech. But the landmark abortion case hangs over the court as it rules on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and whether Mississippi can ban abortions at 15 weeks. Thomas will be pivotal in that decision.

A number of states are now seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade. Texas has already implemented a new strict fetal-heartbeat anti-abortion law that has abortion advocates terrified it will set a precedent.


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