On Friday evening, the Supreme Court announced that Justice Clarence Thomas had been admitted to a hospital earlier in the day after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
“Thomas was admitted to a Washington, D.C. hospital on Friday evening after developing flu-like symptoms,” according to a media release from the High Court.
“He was given tests, diagnosed with an infection, and is now being given antibiotics. His symptoms are subsiding; he is resting; and he expects to be discharged from the hospital within a day or so.”
The court stated that “Justice Thomas will take part in any cases for which he is not physically present on the basis of transcripts, briefs, and audio recordings of arguments.”
Thomas is the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court, with a reputation for being very right-wing. Thomas was subjected to a “high-tech lynching” during his congressional confirmation process in 1991, when Biden and Kennedy led attacks against him over allegations of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill against a colleague.
Thomas’ dramatic response to the confirmation process was one of the most well-known events in Supreme Court nominee history and American history when he fiercely criticized the process and defended his status as a black conservative.
“This is a circus. It is a national embarrassment. And for me, as a black American, it’s an ‘up high-tech lynching’ for black people who dare to think for themselves, do things for themselves, have different opinions, and is a message that if you don’t kowtow to the old order, this is what will happen. You’ll be lynched, ridiculed by the United States Senate rather than hung from a tree.”
In 2020, a documentary about his life entitled “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words” returned him to the spotlight. It was the first time that anyone had taken an in-depth look at his childhood and career:
Although Clarence Thomas is still a polarizing figure, many people either love him or despise him, but few are aware of much more than a few headlines and Anita Hill’s recollections from his contentious confirmation hearing. “The producers interviewed the Justice and his wife, Virginia, for more than 30 hours of interview time throughout numerous months to create this documentary. Justice Thomas looks directly into the camera and tells his entire life’s story directly to the audience.”
According to The Daily Wire, Thomas’ congressional confirmation process led to the late-Andrew Breitbart turning conservative, and the justice confirmed this previous year in a tribute video published on the anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death.
“I first spoke to Andrew Breitbart at Rush Limbaugh’s home,” Justice Thomas recalled in his eulogy. “We spoke a lot and he let me know that he got his start in journalism after seeing my confirmation.”
“Needless to say, I was deeply humbled by it, and I never forgot it,” he continued. “As a patriot, as a friend, and personally, we are both extremely grateful to Andrew for his great generosity in providing us with these wonderful resources.”