Democrat Says: Supreme Court Needs a Real African-American, Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Count

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 29, 2016   |   2:34PM   |   Washington, DC

While the nation is embroiled in a political battle over replacing pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a Democratic member of Congress, during a Sunday interview, made an offensive comment about one of the other pro-life justices on the nation’s highest court.

Congresswoman Karen Bass told MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” that she essentially thinks pro-life Justice Clarence Thomas isn’t really a black American. Here’s more:

Answering a question about Attorney General Loretta Lynch filling the late Justice Scalia’s vacated seat, Bass told host Al Sharpton, “I think many people would like to see an African-American on the Supreme Court.”

“We don’t really need to go in to Clarence Thomas’ background or his behavior on the court,” she continued, “but I think to have an African-American voice that has definitely not been there since Thurgood Marshall would really be an incredible contribution to our country.”

It should be noted that Sharpton attempted to clarify that “neither [Bass] nor I are suggesting that Clarence Thomas is not African-American.”

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