Biden Takes Aim At Clarence Thomas

( – In a recent interview, President Biden criticized Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He is accusing Thomas of hiding his lavish and expensive trips taken with a Republican donor, referring to him as a person who “loves” to be on yachts. These trips have supposedly been going on for more than two decades. In the same interview, Biden talked about the legal precedents that might be revisited by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court following the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

During the interview, Biden said that it would be essentially a pipe dream for the GOP majority in the court to re-visit other precedents. The conversation then switched to criticize Thomas for his long history of using the private jet and superyacht of GOP wealthy contributor Harlan Crow.

Biden’s criticism of Thomas has a historical precedent, beginning with Thomas’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1991. At the time, Biden voted against it. He based his vote on allegations of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, who had worked under Thomas. Despite this, Thomas, a conservative justice, was confirmed and replaced retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall, a liberal and the first African-American Supreme Court justice. It was around this time that he began to take these luxurious vacations, which have lasted for decades and are still ongoing.

Biden’s remarks in the interview referred to Thomas’s role in the historic Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973, in which Thomas recommended re-examining earlier rulings on the decriminalization of homosexuality, gay marriage, and birth control options. These decisions were grounded in due process, asserting that all personal rights are protected by the 5th and 14th Amendments.

The interview also touched upon ProPublica’s report from last year, which revealed that Thomas had accepted these luxury trips from Harlan Crow without disclosing them on his financial spending reports. The trips, including a 2019 visit to Indonesia, were estimated to cost over half a million dollars if chartered separately.

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