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The unappreciated influence of Justice Clarence Thomas

by | Jan 24, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Each day I check various “this is what happened today in history” sites. Several mentioned that it was on this day in 1993 that former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall passed away.

In 1967 President Lyndon Johnson appointed Marshall, then a judge a for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, to replaced Justice Tom C. Clark who had retired. Justice Marshall was the first African-American to serve on the nation’s highest court and a legend in the civil rights community.

Twenty four years later, citing failing health, Justice Marshall stepped down, setting off a titanic struggle over the confirmation of the man President George H.W. Bush chose to be his successor: Clarence Thomas, then a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pro-abortionists and/or liberal activists skewered Judge Thomas from the moment President Bush chose the man who would become the second African-American to sit on the Supreme Court. The hysteria reached a fever pitch when Anita Hill made her famous accusations against Thomas.

Thomas, a well-known conservative, famously responded

“As far as I’m concerned, it is high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.”

After all these years on the bench, it is no doubt a source of considerable comfort to Justice Thomas that liberal pro-abortionists are besides themselves with his influence in appointments to the Trump Administration.

Writing for Slate Magazine, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Stern talk of

The Clarence Thomas Takeover”  They lament, “[T]he justice’s fingerprints are all over the executive branch,” adding, “Every expert we spoke to, among them the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, agreed the Trump administration has brought on a striking number of Thomas clerks.”

At the other end of the spectrum, David Lat writes about “The Clarence Thomas Clerk Mafia: Legal Brain Trust Of The Trump Administration.”  He begins

You can learn a lot about a judge based on the law clerks that she hires. And you can also learn a lot about a judge from her clerks’ post-clerkship careers.

What can we say about Justice Clarence Thomas based on the career trajectories of his former law clerks? We can safely call him the legal godfather of the Trump administration.

To this day Thomas’s presence on the Supreme Court sticks in the craw of the Left in general, pro-abortionists in particular. Now they are doubtless angrier than ever.

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