by Madison Dibble · November 28, 2019
Justice Clarence Thomas condemned his treatment by the Joe Biden-led Judiciary Committee during his confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1991.
Thomas, 71, was featured in a yet-to-be-released documentary in which he describes his chaotic confirmation to the court amid allegations from Anita Hill that he had sexually harassed her prior to his nomination. The justice denied ever sexually harassing anyone, but Hill’s accusations became the focus of his confirmation, similar to the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Thomas claimed he was targeted with the allegations because of his conservative views on abortion.
He told the filmmakers, “Do I have like stupid written on the back of my shirt? I mean come on. We know what this is all about. People should just tell the truth: ‘This is the wrong black guy; he has to be destroyed.’ Just say it. Then now we’re at least honest with each other. The idea was to get rid of me. And then, after I was there, it was to undermine me.”
Thomas noted that the Judiciary Committee under Biden’s leadership wanted to target him to protect the court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. He didn’t mention Biden by name, but he highlighted Biden’s line of questioning about natural law during the hearings.
“I have no idea what he was talking about. I understood what he was trying to do. I didn’t really appreciate it,” he explained. “Natural law was nothing more than a way of tricking me into talking about abortion.”
Thomas added, “Most of my opponents on the judiciary committee cared about only one thing: How would I rule on abortion rights. You really didn’t matter, and your life didn’t matter. What mattered is what they wanted and what they wanted was this particular issue.”
Biden’s campaign brushed off Thomas’s criticisms, telling ABC News, “Then-Senator Biden voted against Clarence Thomas in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he argued against him on the Senate floor, and he voted against his confirmation to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. It is no surprise that Justice Thomas does not have a positive view of him.”
Biden, 77, is the current front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary. He has a RealClearPolitics national average of polls, putting him at 30.7% support.
The documentary on Thomas will air on PBS in May 2020.
Washington Examiner · by Madison Dibble