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Justice Clarence Thomas became the latest U.S. Supreme Court member to attack the media, defending the court as non-partisan on Thursday as he warned of “destroying our institutions because they don’t give us what we want, when we want it “. according to reports.

“I think the media gives the impression that you are always going straight about your personal preferences,” Thomas told an audience at the University of Notre Dame, The Washington Post reported. “So if they think you’re against abortion or something personally, they think that’s how you’ll always come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you’re becoming like one. politician.”

“I think the media gives the impression that you always go straight to your personal preferences.”

– Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court

Thomas’ comments came in the wake of the controversial 5-4 High Court ruling earlier this month to allow a restrictive Texas abortion law to come into effect. Critics fear this could lead to the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade.

Thomas has already asked the court to overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the United States

Last weekend, new judge Amy Coney Barrett defended her colleagues, saying they were not “partisan pirates.” She also criticized the media for making decisions that “appear to be results-oriented”.


“Sometimes I don’t like the results of my decisions. But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want,” she said. “Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.”

Deputy Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is seen on the South Lawn of the White House, October 26, 2020 (Getty Images)

Thomas agreed with this sentiment.

“You do your job and you are going to cry on your own,” he said. But he also warned against judges who act politically.

“The court was considered the least dangerous branch and we have perhaps become the most dangerous.”

“The court was considered the least dangerous branch and we have perhaps become the most dangerous.”

– Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court

Liberal Judge Stephen Breyer also recently reassured his court colleagues were not “junior league” politicians, according to the Post.

In the wake of the abortion ruling, Democrats re-launched their call to add Supreme Court seats in an attempt to shift its majority to the left after former President Trump added three conservative justices.


Democrats’ calls to fill the court came to a head when Barrett was confirmed about a week before the 2020 presidential election after bitter memories of then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refusing to give the President Obama’s candidate Merrick Garland at a confirmation hearing after Garland was appointed to replace Judge Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly in 2016.

McConnell said at the time that the next president should decide.

The court is expected to hear a Mississippi case regarding a law banning abortions in the state at 15 weeks in the next term, according to The Hill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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