Justice Thomas stated the left has adopted tactics that conservatives wouldn’t make use of.
“You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way,” he stated. “We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately, and not to repay tit for tat.”
He added that conservatives have “never trashed a Supreme Court nominee.” He acknowledged that Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s third Supreme Court nominee, “did not get a hearing, but he was not trashed.”
“You will not see the utter destruction of a single nominee,” he stated. “You will also not see people going to other people’s houses, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing things on them.”
He stated Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh had been subjected to explicit abuse, however he referred solely glancingly to his personal brutal affirmation hearings, throughout which he angrily denied accusations of sexual harassment.
Taking sides on a contested level, Justice Thomas stated the Senate Republicans who blockaded Mr. Garland’s nomination have been following a rule that President Biden, then a senator, had proposed, “which is you get no hearing in the last year of an administration.”
Justice Thomas, the longest-serving member of the present courtroom, has been a fierce opponent of Roe.
On Friday, he stated opposition to his nomination in 1991 was “by those people who were trying to keep me off the court over abortion.”
At his affirmation hearings, nevertheless, he stated, to the astonishment of many, that he had by no means mentioned Roe, though it was issued whereas he was a scholar at Yale Law School.