Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas complained in a talk Friday to “look over” his shoulder since the leak of the controversial draft opinion affecting Roe v. Wade.
He called the disclosure of opinion by Justice Samuel Alito – which is not yet final – “a kind of infidelity” that undermines trust in the court, and causes judges to view each other with suspicion.
“What happened in court is very bad,” Thomas declared at a conference in Dallas organized by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, the Manhattan Institute, and the Hoover Institution.
“Look where we are, where now that faith or that belief is gone forever,” he said.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution I’m in, it fundamentally changes the institution. You start looking over your shoulder. It’s a kind of infidelity called You can explain… but you can’t undo it.”
The source of the leak earlier this month is yet to be ascertained by Politico.
Thomas also addressed the ongoing protests against the draft opinion outside Justices’ homes. He insisted the Left had adopted an “unfair” strategy that conservatives would never employ, completely ignoring the violent uprising at the US Capitol last year when Donald Trump supporters attempted to overturn a legitimate presidential election. . His own wife, Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, worked behind the scenes to increase Americans’ choice of president.
Thomas insisted, “You never go to the homes of Supreme Court judges when things don’t go our way.” “We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It’s up to us to always act fairly, not just to pay for it.”
He also unrelentingly claimed that conservatives “never decimated a Supreme Court nominee,” which happened last month at the confirmation hearings of Ketanji Brown Jackson to become a Supreme Court justice.
He complained that valuable institutions were being undermined by the Left.
“I wonder how long we will keep these institutions at the rate we are undermining them, and then I wonder when they are gone or are they destabilizing what we will have as a country. Me Don’t think the chances are good if we continue to lose them,” warned Thomas.
Thomas recalls his Supreme Court days with the same 11-year-old justices before Chief Justice Roberts took over in 2005. “We really trusted each other,” Thomas said. “We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.”
If someone had said that “a line of opinion would be leaked by someone… you would say: ‘It’s impossible. No one would ever do that’… that was verbatim,” he said.
Justice Roberts has ordered an investigation into the leak.
In a speech a week earlier, Thomas rebuked Americans for being “accustomed” to the results they wanted, and instructed them to eliminate it and “live” with rules they don’t like.
He was blasted by critics, who complained that his wife was unable to “live” with the results of the election, and that she had power and access as the spouse of a Supreme Court justice in the struggle to overturn them.
Watch Thomas’s full conversation in the video below: