Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is by far the most conservative Justice on the nation's highest Court.
In both his rulings and public comments, Thomas has repeatedly criticized the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States. In 2019, Thomas dissented in a Supreme Court ruling upholding Gideon v. Wainright, which entitles defendants to counsel, regardless of ability to pay. He's written that states can favor certain religions over others.
Thomas has also been accused of using the Court to promote former President Donald Trump's baseless claims alleging widespread election fraud.
Thomas's wife, Ginni Thomas, is an outspoken conservative activist and supported former President Donald Trump's Save America rally on January 6, after which attendees participated in the deadly failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol. Ginni Thomas also helped Trump identify government officials she perceived as disloyal to him.
Recently, Justice Thomas warned against an overtly political Supreme Court during a University of Notre Dame lecture.
In rare public remarks, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a Notre Dame crowd, "I think the court was thoug… https://t.co/qOYfW8Qc2x— The Recount (@The Recount) 1631878633.0
"When we begin to venture into political, the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments, are asking for trouble."
Given Thomas's near-constant conservative decisions, social media users chastised him for hypocrisy.
Clarence Thomas, whose rulings in key cases mysteriously always conform with his political and partisan preferences… https://t.co/EqFm7tkygu— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein) 1631844853.0
Thomas is speaking out against something he is actively doing. https://t.co/sMkO9t4QrW— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1631877778.0
Clarence Thomas didn’t seem too worried about “destroying our institutions” when he cast the deciding vote to make… https://t.co/lJD4ojVGyJ— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1631856757.0
Indeed. As in Citizens United v. FEC and every other case in which the Court has overturned laws restricting money… https://t.co/dFJeiVvWQi— Richard W. Painter (@Richard W. Painter) 1631877971.0
Absolutely ludicrous for Clarence Thomas to say he is worried about “destroying our institutions” when his wife enc… https://t.co/fnPoKWL7Sl— Kaivan Shroff (@Kaivan Shroff) 1631849063.0
Justice Thomas claiming that the Supreme Court isn’t political is nonsense and we all know it. FWIW, whenever I tea… https://t.co/vHeRyVIH2m— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD) 1631845660.0
In fact, critics said it was conservatives like Thomas who were embracing the politicization of the Supreme Court, evidenced most recently by its refusal to intervene in Texas's anti-abortion law, which is unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade.
Justice Thomas warns that we should all revere and respect the Supreme Court as it allows the violation of Constitu… https://t.co/vqJEcD5Cjg— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1631885000.0
Republicans hijacked the Judiciary by stealing two Supreme Court seats. And now they want us to respect illegitima… https://t.co/5E38oc2dYY— Hakeem Jeffries (@Hakeem Jeffries) 1631592000.0
The Supreme Court's public approval rating has fallen to a record low.