Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had to gall to claim that efforts to expand the high court would damage the institution’s credibility, drawing fire from Twitter users who reminded him that the court has no credibility left.
During remarks at a right-wing event in Utah this week, Thomas complained about so-called “cancel culture,” also known as holding people accountable for their behavior. He also complained about the portrayal of his wife Ginni Thomas and other Republicans since they have been unmasked for their role in the Capitol insurrection. But he saved his most ironic remarks for Democrats’ effort to expand the Supreme Court.
“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,” Thomas said. “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.”
Democrats had pushed a plan last year to expand the number of Supreme Court seats from nine to 13, a change that is constitutional because Congress has the power to add or subtract seats from the courts. In fact, the number of seats on the high court has changed several times throughout American history. Most judicial experts agree that the move is necessary to balance the court after Republicans packed it with unqualified right-wing extremists who are hell-bent on reversing the entire 20th century of precedent from civil rights to abortion to voting rights and more.
Thomas and his right-wing colleagues are the ones who destroyed the credibility of the court, not Democrats. And Twitter users were quick to call him out.
“U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said he’s concerned efforts to politicize the court or add additional justices may erode the institution’s credibility.”
Irony is dead. https://t.co/TENPvcESUo
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 12, 2022
Seems like Clarence Thomas is angry that his criminal wife Ginny Thomas is finally called out for the role she played in insurrection. Tough shit. He should be removed from the SCOTUS and she should be arrested. He has helped erase the credibility of the court, so he can STFU.
— Ricky Davila 🌻🇺🇦 (@TheRickyDavila) March 12, 2022
Clarence Thomas said “adding justices” to the Supreme Court could “chip away” at the institution’s credibility. No, Clarence. You married Ginni Thomas — a literal domestic terrorist who helped organize a deadly attack on the Capitol. Not a whole lot of credibility to begin with!
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) March 12, 2022
Speaking of “cancel culture,” isn’t that what Clarence Thomas did to Anita Hill? And the court has been compromised since his confirmation.https://t.co/OO8ms3LRfk
— Vanessa Gorman🇺🇸 – Good Trouble (@VanessaGorman9) March 12, 2022
The American people have *already* lost faith in the Supreme Court, and no Justice has done more to erode public confidence in the Court than Clarence Thomas, whose insurrectionist wife helped plan the violence on January 6th. https://t.co/7F5ukAQnGV
— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) March 12, 2022
If Clarence Thomas said we should not add seats to the Supreme Court, that means we should absolutely add seats to the Supreme Court. Loss of credibility not a problem, that already happened with Justice “I like beer“ and the handmaid justice.
— paul b (@paul99201) March 12, 2022
Expanding the court would restore credibility to the institution. If Thomas would retire or resign, it would restore some credibility sooner.
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