Justice Clarence Thomas sat down for a Q&A Friday at an American Enterprise Institute event and spoke out on the leak of the draft Supreme Court decision on Dobbs that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Thomas said the leak has caused irreparable harm to the institution.
“What happened at the court is tremendously bad,” he said. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”
Thomas said until now it was a firmly held belief in the Court that such a thing could never happen. “It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination, that someone would do that.”
“And look where we are. Where now that trust or that belief is gone forever.”
In this Fox News clip, Cavuto and his guest talk about the safety of the Justices too, which Thomas also commented on, which quote is below this clip.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”
That is so heartbreaking.
The New York Times (blech) had more quotes from the event.
“You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way,” he said. “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 had “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,” Justice Thomas said. “You will also not see people going to other people’s houses, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing things on them.”
It is very very bad for the country, but the press and the White House are fine with it. Even while they continue to try to psyops everyone into thinking a conservative must have leaked it, to let themselves off the hook.
As James Trusty said to Cavuto, the day it was leaked was “a very bad day for our jurisprudence, a very bad day for our criminal justice system.”
Consider this an OPEN THREAD.