Clarence Thomas cautions against ‘destroying our institutions’

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas warned against “destroying our institutions” on Thursday while arguing judges should remain out of politics.

The conservative justice spoke about what divides people, pointing to the media specifically, during an address at Notre Dame University with approximately 800 students in attendance.

“The country has gotten to the point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us,” Thomas said. “I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician.”

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Thomas, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, was asked by a student whether the legal questions he considers ever come into conflict with his Catholic faith, according to the Washington Post .

“I don’t do a lot of hand-wringing in my opinions and tell people, ‘Oh, I’m really sad.’ That’s not the role of a judge,” Thomas said. “You do your job, and you go cry alone.”

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Thomas also cautioned if the public truly wants reform, people need to think beyond what is right in front of them and consider the consequences of changing the system.

Thomas quoted his grandfather, who said, “After you’ve done that, and now what? What’s your next step?”

The Supreme Court returns to hearing in-person oral arguments next month, the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The justices are expected to hear a case on Mississippi's ban of most abortions after 15 weeks.

Thomas was one of the conservatives justices who let stand a new Texas law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy while the legal battle over the case moves forward.





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