30 years ago, Joe Biden tried to destroy Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination.
Biden failed and Thomas resented the smear campaign Democrats orchestrated.
And now Joe Biden instantly regretted this insult to Clarence Thomas.
Joe Biden set about trying to stack the federal judiciary with left-wing ideologues and committed Democrat partisans.
One of these picks was Eunice Lee who Biden nominated for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Republicans slammed Lee for a racist letter she wrote as a junior at Ohio State ripping Clarence Thomas because he was a black conservative.
Lee wrote that Thomas was “one of that group of black conservatives who feel that black people should focus less on racism and more on self-help.”
In the letter, Lee claimed that Thomas’ response in his confirmation hearings to Anita Hill’s baseless claims of sexual assault that they were a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks” was the first time Thomas supposedly admitted racism was “an obstacle for millions of other blacks.”
Lee ranted and smeared Thomas and other black conservatives as willing to play the race card when their backs are up against the wall.
“I might stop short of calling Thomas a hypocrite, but I am reminded of that saying of how there are no atheists in foxholes,” Lee added. “Perhaps you can also say there are no black ‘conservatives’ when in the political hot seat.”
This letter became a point of contention during Lee’s confirmation hearing.
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee grilled Lee on if she still believed the smears on Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives that she expressed in her letter from college.
“So you no longer regard Justice Thomas as someone who denies that racism is an obstacle?” Senator Lee asked.
Lee quickly backtracked and disavowed her attacks on Thomas.
“Well, as I said, I don’t espouse the views in that letter now,” Lee responded.
Joe Biden may have bigger problems with Clarence Thomas than just this one letter.
Amy Coney Barrett replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg made six Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court.
That means the other five right-leaning justices can afford to lose Chief Justice Roberts as his leftward drift continues and still hand down decisions resulting in conservative victories.
That dynamic is already playing out with the Court agreeing to hear the most direct challenge to Roe v. Wade in a generation and the first Second Amendment case in 13 years next term.
There is also the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up a case to strike down affirmative action in college admissions.
As the most senior justice on the Supreme Court—if conservatives win a series of 5-4 rulings with Roberts voting with his newfound colleagues on the left—Thomas would have the right to pick who writes the opinions in cases where Thomas is in the majority.
And that would allow Thomas to shape just how expansive the Court’s rulings on upholding pro-life laws, striking down gun control, regulating big tech or ending race-based preferences end up being by either writing the opinions himself or selecting which other conservative will author the ruling.
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