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Justice Thomas to Liberal Media: I'll 'Leave the Court When I Do My Job as Poorly as You Do Yours'

By Michael W. Chapman | May 16, 2022 | 3:25pm EDT
Clarence Thomas, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  (Getty Images)
Clarence Thomas, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Getty Images)

At the Old Parkland conference in Dallas, Texas on May 13, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas denounced the leak of a high court opinion arguing for the overthrow of Roe v. Wade, and as for the liberal media, Thomas said he would leave the court.

"One of the things in response to the media is when they talk about -- especially early on about the way I did my job -- I said will absolutely leave the Court when I do my job as poorly as you do yours."

The crowd laughed and Thomas added, "And that was meant as a compliment, really." 

As for the opinion leaked by someone -- still unidentified -- at the Supreme Court, Thomas said, "The institution that I'm a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone, and you would say, 'oh, that's impossible. No one would ever do that.'"

"There's such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, a belief and what we were doing that that was verboten," he said. "It was beyond anyone's understanding or at least anyone's imagination that someone would do that. And look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever."

He continued, "and when you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I'm in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder, it's like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can't undo it."

Clarence Thomas, 73, has served on the Supreme Court since Oct. 23, 1991. He is a constitutional conservative who is regularly attacked and derided by the leftist media and their allies in the Democrat Party. 

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