Republicans strike back against attacks on Justice Thomas, call them racist

Republican lawmakers are pushing back against Democrat attacks on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia, calling them racially motivated. 

The remarks came during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Supreme Court ethics, according to the Washington Examiner.

Thomas and his wife have been targets of Democrats ever since texts between Virginia Thomas and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the wake of the 2020 election emerged in which she told Meadows she believed Joe Biden had won by fraud.

The texts, which emerged earlier this month, also played a role in “highlighting her involvement with conservative causes throughout her career,” the Examiner noted.

The Wednesday hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on Wednesday had Democrats calling for an ethics code for Supreme Court Justices, which doesn’t currently exist.

The left sought to use the texts to portray Thomas as a recipient of “dark money” from the right wing.

However, Republicans rebuffed the attacks on Justice Thomas and said the Democrats were employing racist stereotypes.

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa said in his opening remarks that “the actions or beliefs or views of a spouse of a member of the court cannot or should not, and will not ever, be grounds for impeachment of a judge.”

No judge should face consequences “because they had the audacity decades ago to marry somebody with an opinion,” Issa added.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, meanwhile, noted the racial aspect of the attacks while questioning expert witness Mark Paoletta.

Gaetz asked whether or not the Democrats’ suggestion that Thomas was suggestable because of his wife’s political activities was an “attempt to try to invoke a racist trope that black people are not as intelligent and are more persuadable.”

Paoletta said yes.

Democrats, meanwhile, continued to paint Thomas as corrupt and able to be bought.

“We have a Republican majority on the Supreme Court that is more corrupt than ever before,” said Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat.

“And none of those Republican justices is more corrupt than Justice Clarence Thomas, make no mistake about that.”

California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu, meanwhile, said “Clarence Thomas attended a Koch Industries retreat in Palm Springs, California, in a time when Koch was bankrolling several litigants with cases before the Supreme Court.”

“This isn’t even the appearance of dark money. This is Justice Thomas going into the eye of the hurricane of dark money.”

There is no evidence the money affected Thomas’ decisions, nor are they a breach of any code of ethics, however — which have led Republicans to label the calls for new ethical guidelines a hit job on the court’s most reliable conservative.