Justice Thomas says leftists ‘throw temper tantrums’ over SCOTUS rulings

Politico caused an outcry earlier this month when it published a leaked draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The leak didn’t sit well with Justice Clarence Thomas, who said during a speech at the Old Parkland Conference that trust in America’s high court could be “gone forever.”

“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad,” Politico quoted Thomas as saying on Friday at the conservative event in Dallas.

Thomas’ fears

“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them,” he continued.

“If someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone … you would say: ‘That’s impossible. No one would ever do that,” Thomas insisted.

“That was verboten,” the 73-year-old justice continued, adding, “It was beyond anyone’s understanding or at least anyone’s imagination.

“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.”

“We didn’t throw temper tantrums”

Politico noted that at one point Thomas was asked by an audience member if the Supreme Court has changed since he began service as an associate justice in 1991.

“This is not the court of that era. I sat with (famously liberal justice) Ruth Ginsburg for almost 30 years and she was actually an easy colleague to deal with,” Thomas recalled. “We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.”

“Anybody who would, for example, have an attitude to leak documents, that is your general attitude, that is your future on the bench,” Thomas remarked.

What’s more, he also brought up how left-wing protestors began targeting the homes of conservative justices after the draft opinion was published.

“You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn´t go our way,” he said. “We didn’t throw temper tantrums. I think it is … incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat.”

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