SCOTUS Justice Thomas make ‘first quasi-public appearance’ since his hospitalization

It appears that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has made a full recovery from his recent hospital stay.

The Washington Examiner reports that Thomas just made his “first quasi-public appearance” since being discharged from the hospital. 

He’s back

Thomas, according to the Examiner, met with Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) this past week. Walker is one of the Republicans looking to defeat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in this year’s election.

After the meetup, Walker wrote on Twitter, “Great to be with an incredible Supreme Court Justice and an even better man, Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas is a strict Constitutionalist who has dedicated his life to law and order.”

Several photographs have been posted on social media of the meetup.

Background

The 73-year-old Thomas was hospitalized last month after experiencing “flu-like symptoms.” It turned out that he had an infection.

Thomas, while there, was treated with antibiotics, intravenously, and after making a recovery, he was discharged from the hospital on March 25. Overall, he remained in the hospital for about a week.

Thomas has not commented on his hospital stay. His meetup with Walker was one of the first times he was seen publicly since that stay. He did not participate in oral arguments during his hospitalization, but the week after he did participate remotely.

Recent controversy

Thomas, while in the hospital, found himself subject to another attack from the left. This came after reports that revealed text messages exchanged between Thomas’s wife, conservative advocate Virginia Thomas, and Mark Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff, following the 2020 presidential election. In those text messages, Virginia Thomas urges Meadows to contest the results of the election.

The left has used these messages to launch an attack on Thomas. Some have argued that Thomas ought to resign or be impeached over them. Others have argued that Thomas ought to recuse himself from any current or future case having to do with the 2020 election or the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

At the moment, though, it does not look as though anything is going to come of the situation.

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