Justice Thomas mentioned the left has adopted tactics that conservatives wouldn’t make use of.
“You’ll by no means go to Supreme Court docket justices’ homes when issues didn’t go our approach,” he mentioned. “We didn’t throw mood tantrums. It’s incumbent on us to all the time act appropriately, and to not repay tit for tat.”
He added that conservatives have “by no means trashed a Supreme Court docket nominee.” He acknowledged that Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s third Supreme Court docket nominee, “didn’t get a listening to, however he was not trashed.”
“You’ll not see the utter destruction of a single nominee,” he mentioned. “Additionally, you will not see folks going to different folks’s homes, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing issues on them.”
He mentioned Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh had been subjected to specific abuse, however he referred solely glancingly to his personal brutal affirmation hearings, throughout which he angrily denied accusations of sexual harassment.
Taking sides on a contested level, Justice Thomas mentioned the Senate Republicans who blockaded Mr. Garland’s nomination had been following a rule that President Biden, then a senator, had proposed, “which is you get no listening to within the final 12 months of an administration.”
Justice Thomas, the longest-serving member of the present court docket, has been a fierce opponent of Roe.
On Friday, he mentioned opposition to his nomination in 1991 was “by these individuals who had been attempting to maintain me off the court docket over abortion.”
At his affirmation hearings, nonetheless, he mentioned, to the astonishment of many, that he had by no means mentioned Roe, though it was issued whereas he was a scholar at Yale Legislation College.