It was revealed last weekend that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had been hospitalized with a non-COVID “flu-like” infection that required intravenous antibiotic treatment, but that he was expected to recover and be released within a matter of days.
On Friday, after having been hospitalized for a full week, the court announced that Thomas had finally been released, though there was no explanation for his extended stay before being discharged, the Associated Press reported.
It is also unclear exactly what sort of infection Thomas had, though the court had initially specified that it was not COVID-19 and that Thomas, like every other member of the Supreme Court, was fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus.
Missed some oral arguments but will still participate in cases
In that initial press release last Sunday, it was revealed two days after the fact that “Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms.”
“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the statement at that time continued. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”
The statement added that “Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments.”
Politico reported that Justice Thomas missed three days of oral arguments while hospitalized for the unspecified infection but noted that a court spokesperson had reiterated that the 73-year-old jurist would still participate in ruling on those particular cases thanks to the submitted briefs as well as the audio and transcripts of the arguments he had been absent for.
The outlet further noted that Thomas’ hospitalization had sparked a renewed debate about the apparent lack of transparency on the high court about the health and well-being of its members, in that there are no policies or legal requirements that the general public is kept aware of injuries or illnesses suffered by the members.
Attacked while hospitalized
Meanwhile, as the staunchly conservative Justice Thomas was recovering in the hospital, the left-leaning Washington Post launched an all-out assault against his conservative activist wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.
The newspaper published a series of text messages — likely leaked from the Democrat-dominated anti-Trump House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 event — that were exchanged between Ginni Thomas and then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks and months after the 2020 election.
There doesn’t appear to be any actual legal issue in the text exchanges, save for the purported “thought crime” of Thomas believing — as millions of other Americans did and still do — that the election results were illegitimate due to fraud and that then-President Donald Trump’s team should continue to fight against them.
In reality, the article from the Post — conveniently published while the justice was hospitalized and unable to effectively respond — was likely intended solely to smear and discredit the Thomases and fuel leftist demands that Thomas recuse himself or resign, if not even be impeached and removed from the bench, for having the audacity to hold conservative beliefs that leftists disapprove of.