Justice Thomas stated the left has adopted ways that conservatives wouldn’t make use of.
“You’d by no means go to Supreme Courtroom justices’ homes when issues didn’t go our manner,” he stated. “We didn’t throw mood tantrums. It’s incumbent on us to all the time act appropriately, and to not repay tit for tat.”
He added that conservatives have “by no means trashed a Supreme Courtroom nominee.” He acknowledged that Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s third Supreme Courtroom nominee, “didn’t get a listening to, however he was not trashed.”
“You’ll not see the utter destruction of a single nominee,” he stated. “Additionally, you will not see folks going to different folks’s homes, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing issues on them.”
He stated Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh had been subjected to explicit abuse, however he referred solely glancingly to his personal brutal affirmation hearings, throughout which he angrily denied accusations of sexual harassment.
Taking sides on a contested level, Justice Thomas stated the Senate Republicans who blockaded Mr. Garland’s nomination have been following a rule that President Biden, then a senator, had proposed, “which is you get no listening to within the final 12 months of an administration.”
Justice Thomas, the longest-serving member of the present court docket, has been a fierce opponent of Roe.
On Friday, he stated opposition to his nomination in 1991 was “by these individuals who have been making an attempt to maintain me off the court docket over abortion.”
At his affirmation hearings, nonetheless, he stated, to the astonishment of many, that he had by no means mentioned Roe, although it was issued whereas he was a pupil at Yale Legislation Faculty.