Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed worry Friday in Utah at an event hosted by former Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch’s foundation that efforts to politicize the court or add more justices may destroy the institution’s legitimacy.
Thomas expressed concern about the long-term consequences of tendencies like “cancel culture” and a lack of respectful discourse.
“You can talk about packing or stacking the court casually. You can talk casually about doing this or that. The institution would be jeopardized at some time “At an upmarket hotel in Salt Lake City, he told a crowd of around 500 people.
Thomas warned, “By doing so, you continue to erode the respect for the institutions that the future generation will require if civil society is to exist.”
This year’s rulings will establish rules on contentious political subjects such as abortion, guns, and voting rights. Since the addition of three justices selected by former President Trump, the court has taken a more conservative stance.
Democrats, in turn, have called for an increase in the number of justices on the Supreme Court, particularly during the 2020 presidential election. Last year, Democrats in Congress submitted legislation to add four new justices to the Supreme Court, and President Biden created a panel to investigate the possibility of enlarging the court.
“I’m frightened, especially in this era of cancel cultural attack, I’m not sure where you’re going to learn to participate like we did when I was a kid,” he remarked.
In conjunction with decrying “cancel culture,” Thomas chastised the media for peddling false information about public individuals such as himself, his wife, and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Justice Thomas’s wife Ginni Thomas, and a longtime conservative activist, has come under fire this year for her political activities, including her participation in groups that filed briefs in Supreme Court cases and her use of her Facebook page to promote partisan attacks.
While the Supreme Court considers the issue, legislators in Florida, West Virginia, and Kentucky are introducing similar laws in the hopes that the court would overturn Roe and set a new precedent.