On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed his concerns for the future of the Supreme Court after the shocking Roe v. Wade draft opinion leak, condemning whoever is responsible as well as the Left’s reaction to the information.
Thomas has already been very vocal about the leak, commissioning an investigation to find the person responsible, and warning that the leaks and subsequent nationwide reaction to them “bode ill for a free society.” He has also harshly criticized those belonging to certain political factions that are becoming “addicted to wanting certain outcomes” rather than “living with outcomes they don’t like.”
At a conference in Dallas on Friday, Thomas discussed the leak and the negative impact it may have on institutions such as the Supreme Court. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally,” said Thomas. “You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”
“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad,” he added. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”
Thomas also said that it was beyond “anyone’s imagination” prior to the leak on May 2 that even so much as one line of a draft opinion might be leaked to the public, much less an entire draft of almost 100 pages.
“Now that trust or that belief is gone forever,” Thomas said.
The Supreme Court Justice also condemned the protests occurring outside the homes of his fellow justices. “You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way. We didn’t throw temper tantrums. I think it is… incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat,” said Thomas, arguing that conservatives have never behaved in such a ridiculous way.