Leftists think Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a right-wing extremist who needs to be impeached from the court. Those who know him, meanwhile, say he’s the “greatest justice” in U.S. history.
Leftists have let their voices be heard in recent days by signing a petition on the far-left website MoveOn.org calling for Thomas to be impeached.
The petition was set up by a bunch of George Washington University students, according to The Hill.
As of Thursday morning, the petition boasted over 1,100,000 signatures.
This petition to remove Clarence Thomas from the Supreme Court is now over 1,100,000 signatures.
Let’s hit 2 million! Sign your name then tag 3 friends:https://t.co/6BAW7HsOEP
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) July 6, 2022
The petition is, not shockingly, sprinkled with blatant conspiracy theories. For instance, the opening paragraph refers to the high court as the “right-wing rigged Supreme Court.”
“The right-wing rigged Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, effectively taking away the right to privacy and bodily autonomy that’s been considered legal precedent for the past 50 years. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—who sided with the majority on overturning Roe—made it clear what’s next: to overturn high court rulings that establish gay rights and contraception rights,” it reads.
The petition continues by complaining about Thomas having “voted against a Supreme Court decision to compel the release of Donald Trump’s records regarding the January 6 insurrection and attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
The petition claims a conflict of interest based on the dubious allegation that the justice’s wife is guilty of having tried to commit a “coup” against the U.S. government.
Clarence Thomas’ wife clears the air on Jan. 6 involvement amid flurry of sketchy reports https://t.co/exKSvkbgUj
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 15, 2022
The latter claim is based on the significantly less hyperbolic fact that his wife had sent emails to the Trump White House after the 2020 election urging the then-administration to not concede and to instead keep fighting back through the courts.
“It has become clear that his wife—longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas—was actively urging the White House to overturn election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection,” the petition reads.
“Thomas’ failure to recuse himself warrants immediate investigation and heightened alarm. And it’s only the latest in a long history of conflicts of interest in the service of a right-wing agenda and mixing his powerful role with his conservative political activism. He has shown he cannot be an impartial justice and is more concerned with covering up his wife’s coup attempts than the health of the Supreme Court. He must resign—or Congress must immediately investigate and impeach.”
Neither is likely to occur.
Either way, the petition’s description of Thomas starkly contrasts the description of him given by those who know him best, including Mark Paoletta.
He’s “an attorney who served as Assistant Counsel to President George H.W. Bush and played a key role in the confirmation of Thomas,” and who “became a close friend of the justice over time,” according to Fox News.
The friendship eventually led to Paoletta co-writing a book about Thomas.
Justice Clarence Thomas is ‘our greatest living American,’ despite constant attacks from the left, author says | Fox News https://t.co/GoNIsrF7Z5
— Mark Paoletta (@MarkPaoletta) July 7, 2022
“I was fed up with the continual attacks from Hollywood and other places on Justice Thomas, who I think is our greatest living American and our greatest justice. One of the things in the book that you really get a flavor of is Justice Thomas’s strong disagreement with, kind of the left, and their liberal policies and their tactics,” he told Fox News.
Including, presumably, their lies and conspiracy theories.
The book-writing reportedly began with an attempted documentary, according to Fox News.
“It all started when Paoletta, seeking to tell the true story of his friend, was introduced to documentary filmmaker Michael Pack, who was interested in making a film about Thomas. But instead of a traditional documentary that presents both sides of an issue or story, Pack wanted to have Thomas tell his own life story, so Paoletta set out to convince his longtime friend to sit down for a conversation,” the site notes.
Thomas agreed, but the “conversation” wound up lasting 25 hours, which meant that, to make a documentary, they would have needed to cut out too many parts.
“You have this 25 hours of Clarence Thomas on, you know, talking to Michael Pack about his life, about his journey, about his, you know, his jurisprudence, his thoughts and to make the movie and see all that cut away — I was there for those interviews,” Paoletta said.
“You know, I saw these exchanges that I thought were gold, that would be great in the movie,” he added. “With two hours and having to tell all parts of his life, you know, you’re going to have to cut out a lot of discussion. So the idea was, let’s package this up into a book in order to get a lot more of that interview.”
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