Over the weekend, Justice Clarence Thomas slammed liberals’ efforts to pack the Supreme Court with left-wing judges and cancel culture that eliminates people simple because of their views and beliefs.
Thomas was a featured speaker on Friday at an event in Utah sponsored by the foundation of former Senator Orrin Hatch.
“You can cavalierly talk about packing or stacking the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this or doing that. At some point the institution is going to be compromised,” Thomas said at the event.
Thomas, the most senior justice on the nine-member court, said he often worries about the long-term repercussions of trends such as “cancel culture” and a lack of civil debate.
“You can cavalierly talk about packing or stacking the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this or doing that. At some point the institution is going to be compromised,” he told an audience of about 500 people at an upscale hotel in Salt Lake City.
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“By doing this, you continue to chip away at the respect of the institutions that the next generation is going to need if they’re going to have civil society,” Thomas said.
“I’m afraid, particularly in this world of cancel culture attack, I don’t know where you’re going to learn to engage as we did when I grew up,” he said. “If you don’t learn at that level in high school, in grammar school, in your neighborhood, or in civic organizations, then how do you have it when you’re making decisions in government, in the legislature, or in the courts?”
Justice Thomas didn’t talk about the Dobbs Supreme Court case, but the high court is expected to deliver an opinion early this summer on the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.