On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton took her criticism of Justice Clarence Thomas and made it personal by saying her old law school colleague is a guy of “bitterness, grudge, and wrath.”
Clinton recalled her time spent in the same law school with Thomas.
She warned he has been trying to encourage right-wing activists and legislative bodies to give him some cases so he can use them to contest other rulings, such as the right to same-sex relationships and the right to modern contraceptives.
Justice Thomas wrote that SCOTUS should reconsider cases that secure the rights for same-sex marriage and contraception.@HillaryClinton says he has “signaled” that he wants conservative judges and state legislatures to “Find cases. Pass laws.” pic.twitter.com/26d0zSL2nx
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) June 28, 2022
“We attended the same law school together. Since the beginning of my acquaintance with him, he has always been a source of contention.”
“He has bitterness, grievance, and fury, and in the past, he indicated to subordinate courts and legislatures,” Clinton said in an interview on CBS Mornings.
“The issue with that is that we have so many aspects of it that are painful. This is the one that is, but women are likely to die,” she said.
Why are they attacking Clarence Thomas more viciously than the white justices?
Because they don’t just lie that they care about minorities, they believe they own them.
— Blaire White (@MsBlaireWhite) June 27, 2022
Clinton, who could have handpicked justices had she won the presidential election in 2016, stated she was not shocked by the ruling.
She took a jab at senators such as Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who claimed they were led astray into voting for members of the court who have since elected to nullify Roe v. Wade.
Clinton added, “Anyone who is shocked by this is not paying much attention.”
“I get the impression they were deceived, partly because they wished to be deceived. They were aware of the history of the individuals who came before them,” Clinton explained.
What is to Come?
She issued a warning the Supreme Court is on the verge of “turning back the clock” on homosexual rights and civil rights.
In the verdict handed down on Friday regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Thomas wrote a concurrence.
He advocated for the court to revisit substantive due process precedents. These cases include those that granted rights to same-sex marriage and contraception.
Notably, as the most senior judge in the majority, he could pick the author of the Dobbs judgment. This has led to the suspicion that he didn’t even write the conclusion since he does not have the votes to overturn those precedents.
Clinton suggested that Thomas might not now have the necessary support, but he would keep attempting to manipulate votes to reverse these other legal decisions.
Clinton said, “Well, he may be alone, but he’s indicating, as he often did. In the past, he has sent signals to subordinate courts and state legislatures, telling them to ‘find cases.'”
“‘Pass laws. Raise their spirits. We are going to keep trying, even if it’s possible that I won’t be successful the first, second, or third time.’”