This week, Hillary Clinton heaped scorn on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, referring to him as a “person of grievance.”
During an interview with Gayle King on “CBS Mornings,” Hillary Clinton went after Thomas and accused him of trying to push his personal views through the court.
“He’s indicating, as people frequently did — we went to law school together. He’s been nursing a grudge for as long as I’ve known him,” she continued. “Anger, resentment, and grievance,” she added.
“And he’s previously indicated to lower courts, state legislatures, ‘Look for cases and pass laws. I may not win the first, second, or third time, but we’ll keep at it.’ That’s what he said,” she continued.
Clinton also added that, according to Thomas’ decision, “women are going to die.”
In the aftermath, Clinton was accused of “playing the race card.”
“We would be hearing endless lectures about the dangers of ‘tone policing an African American man that grew up under segregation,’ if it were the other way around,” conservative author Charles C.W. Cooke added.
Meanwhile, Philip Klein, editor of National Review, noted several flaws in Clinton’s comments. First, while at Yale Law School, Thomas and Clinton were never in the same class; Clinton graduated in 1973, and Thomas graduated four years later. Second, Klein pointed out that when he attended Yale, Thomas was still developing his conservative ideals.
“The law school reference isn’t credible, to put it mildly,” says Klein. “She wasn’t in the same graduating class as Thomas, and he wasn’t even a conservative in law school — that was just the start of his political journey.”
Clinton’s allegations are refuted by remarks made by Justice Sonia Sotomayor just last week.
In her remarks to progressive attorneys earlier this month, Sonia Sotomayor described Clarence Thomas as “a man that is committed to the court like an institution” and “those who work there.”
“Justice Thomas is the only justice in the building who personally knows everyone’s name, and not just their names. He also remembers the families of the employees and their histories,” said Sotomayor of her colleague.