Justice Thomas: Liberals Scarier Than Ku Klux Klan

In his new autobiography, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — who was under-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court when he was nominated by Pres. George Bush in 1991, and his performance in the interim has been lackluster, to put it politely — reveals himself as a shallow and vain man who is still nursing wounds over his contentious nomination hearings 16 long years ago.

But his comparison of his liberal critics to the Ku Klux Klan is over the top:

“I’d grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult, I was starting to wonder if I’d been afraid of the wrong white people all along. My worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.”

Writing about Anita Hill, the woman who accused him during the hearings of making untoward remarks of a sexual nature, Thomas goes for petty:

In a somewhat pettier vein, he adds that she had “bad breath,” that the idea he might have wanted to date her was “laughable,” that nobody on his staff liked her and that “the first thing she did [when she went with Thomas to work at the EEOC] was claim the largest office in my suite.”

21 Comments

  • October 5, 2007 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    I agree with Justice Thomas, to be honest. The KKK is a vile joke these days, and I can’t think of anybody who actually respects them. Liberals, on the other hand, are taken entirely too seriously and are granted far too much respect.

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  • TheDecider
    October 5, 2007 - 10:03 am | Permalink

    Yeah well Thomas belongs swinging in a tree. If it weren’t for “liberals” that is where he probably would have ended up. He belongs to the party who would like to see slavery brought back to the US. He’s just like Senator Criag always voting against his own kind. He should be handed over to the KKK and see if he can tell them about “Family Values”

  • Roach
    October 5, 2007 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Liberals are the problem, and obviously, conservatives have the cure. Tell me how this expansive love of guns and money is the answer. I am interested to hear anyone defend the current corruption in our White House. You will be wrong, of course, but at least I can hear another chimp destroy the English language. Matthew, your party has made a laughing stock of our sad, fat-ass nation. Instead of leaving troll comments on a website, why don’t you go defend freedom in this phony war. White power! Not just here, but all around the world I guess.

  • Sister Rhona Mallone
    October 5, 2007 - 10:50 am | Permalink

    Brothers and sisters why do we need to be a each other’s throats all the time. We are all God’s children. Let us behave like members of the same family. Let us show more respect to one another. I despair when I read the anger and rancor in the tone of so many who post. Whether we be liberal or onservative we are all going to end up dead sooner or later. So let’s not waste our precious time on earth tearing each other apart.

  • James Thomas
    October 5, 2007 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait for the day when we have liberals on the Supreme Court who can put people like Thomas in their place. He’s an example of what’s wrong with America.

  • uncleosbert
    October 5, 2007 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    “I agree with Justice Thomas, to be honest. The KKK is a vile joke these days, and I can’t think of anybody who actually respects them. Liberals, on the other hand, are taken entirely too seriously and are granted far too much respect.”

    we’re all entitled to our opinion. but i wish we had a court that valued mine. i can’t imagine he’s very fair if he’s so terrified of ideology. the man has no business on the bench.

  • Will
    October 5, 2007 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who is totally immersed in self-pity partisan politics has no credibility when it comes to proper judicial temperment. This is revealed by Thomas’ admissions first to the Judiciary committee that he was too upset to watch Anita Hill’s testimony and second when he admits in his book that he “drew a bath” when the committe debated his nomination. Consequently, it is not enough that Thomas periodically recuse himself. He must resign or be impeached.

  • Leftside Annie
    October 5, 2007 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    What an ugly, nasty, LITTLE man. Ugh.

  • October 5, 2007 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes, he’s too busy pitying himself to have any sympathy for anyone else. What he endured was patty-cake compared to what the Republicans put the Clintons through, and what Bush is putting the country through now.

  • joe
    October 6, 2007 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    Brothers and sisters why do we need to be a each other’s throats all the time. We are all God’s children. Let us behave like members of the same family. Let us show more respect to one another. I despair when I read the anger and rancor in the tone of so many who post. Whether we be liberal or onservative we are all going to end up dead sooner or later. So let’s not waste our precious time on earth tearing each other apart.

    You have obviously not been paying attention. Respectful and reasonable is something you only see in Democrats these days. The Republicans don’t even pretend anymore…that may be their downfall.

    Remember we are fighting for our very lives here against those with so little respect for a civil society…the GOP So it’s hard to continue to be nice when you’re slapped in the face repeatdly.

  • Rich Miles
    October 6, 2007 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    Sister Rhona:

    Joe above has said some of what I want to say in reply to your comment. But let me add, it’s long past time for liberals and leftists to make peace with those who have repeatedly and viciously attacked us for decades.

    In fact, it’s liberals’ tendency to try to make peace and to try to ignore the crude and lying attacks on us for all those years that has gotten us in the mess our country is in today: we thought that if we ignored the clowns and ill-behaved children of the right, they would eventually go away.

    That was the major mistake we made.

    So now that the Left is starting to fight back in a serious way, in just the past few years really, we are seen as the aggressors in a war that was being fought without us for many years.

    No, I and my fellow lefties are through playing nice with the right-wingnuts, among which are included Justice Thomas and Rush Limbaugh and MANY many others whose names would be easily recognized here. Peace is a good idea in the abstract. But when peace cannot be achieved, then a strong offense, not a quiet and dignified defense, is needed.

    Where it will end, I don’t know. But playing Gandhi is clearly not the way in this particular case.

  • Rich Miles
    October 6, 2007 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    P.S. Even the Bible says we may fight back when offended, if I remember correctly: an eye for an eye, and all that.

  • Diane
    October 6, 2007 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I find it interesting that Anita Hill submitted herself to a polygraph test and Thomas refused to do so. This fact should be publicized in an ad campaign. The man is a fraud and should be impeached along with any other justice who we know lied during their confirmation hearings.

  • Jimmy
    October 6, 2007 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    An old hate-filled man who speaks against those who fought for equal rights which allowed people like Thomas to reach such high ranking positions.
    What a disgrace Thomas is for his people.

  • Clemsy
    October 6, 2007 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    What’s scarier is that Thomas, Bush, and the rest of them may actually believe what they say.

    What’s worse, the liar or the deluded?

  • Bushsucks
    October 7, 2007 - 4:16 am | Permalink

    Thomas hates being black. And he is the typical Repugnant, all is black or white. How could anyone with such minimal qualifications be appointed to such a position. He didn’t even meet the minimal qualifications. Oldman Bush had to be off his rocker. Thomas is in the same league as one of the outstanding prosecuters in the Simpson case, Darden.

  • Peter Piper
    October 7, 2007 - 10:24 pm | Permalink

    RE: “P.S. Even the Bible says we may fight back when offended, if I remember correctly: an eye for an eye, and all that.”

    The OLD testament, which is basically a book of Jewish history and religious teaching says “an eye for an eye”. However this is flatly contradicted by Jesus Christ who says, if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek. Christ also specifically pointed out that his teaching was different from that of the ancient prophets and scriptures.

  • gdscks
    October 8, 2007 - 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Thomas is a sample of the twisted logic of the right wing.
    The simple reason why he is there should be enough not to repudiate the left. All the black people matter has no sense at all. They were brought by force and put in slavery. They abandoned there history, language, religion, philosophy, culture, art and their blackness to endorse a new identity. Even so, white people didn’t accept them and never will. And they deserve that. Nobody will take you seriously if you don’t appreciate yourself.

    Omnia ex opinione suspensa sunt.
    Tam miser est quisque, quam credit.

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