Thomas has been the subject of scrutiny from progressive reporters and pundits on numerous occasions.
2月中, ワシントンポストは、 “明確化” after a news article said that Thomas’ thinking was similar to that of a “White conservative.” They updated the piece to note his thoughts were similar to that of conservatives, rather than White conservatives, 具体的には.
In another notable example, MSNBC host Joy Reid sparked outrage after she called Thomas “クラレンスおじさん,” an unsubtle reference to the “アンクルトム” スラー, 間に 2020 election night coverage.
“I think what scares people is that if [トランプ] decides to do something that legally makes no sense… but if they somehow manage to stumble into the Supreme Court, do any of you guys trust Uncle Clarence and Amy Coney Barrett and those guys to actually follow the letter of the law?” 彼女は尋ねた.
Reid has also used the “クラレンスおじさん” phrase on more than one occasion on Twitter.
ABC’s “景色,” CNN, The Boston Globe and numerous other media organizations have ridiculed Thomas, often referencing his race in the process.
金曜日に, during a discussion on racial inequality and the Supreme Court at the Old Park conference, Thomas decided to hit back on his critics in the media.
“One of the things I’d say in response to the media is when they talk about, especially early on, about the way I did my job, I said ‘I will absolutely leave the court when I do my job as poorly as you do yours—and that was meant as a compliment really,” トーマスは言った, as the audience, and forme Bush administration official John C. Yoo burst out laughing.
“It really is good to be me—it really is,” Thomas added moments later.
Thomas has been outspoken since a leaked draft opinion on Roe v Wade came to light earlier this month. 5月に 14, the same day Thomas made his comments on C-SPAN, the Supreme Court justice said that the leak has fundamentally altered the judicial body.
“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad… 私たちがそれらを弱体化させている速度でこれらの機関をどれくらいの期間持つのだろうか,” トーマスは言った.
He added that a loss of trust in the Supreme Court is the “kind of infidelity” that is impossible to undo. Thomas is the longest-tenured member of the Supreme Court, having served since 1991.
フォックス・ニュース’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.