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— Karl Marx

Clarence Thomas:
What Credibility?

Mar 28, 2022

Ginni Thomas, wife of a Supreme Court Justice, longtime conservative activist who has long traded on her husband’s position and fame, has now been exposed as an active participant in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

Dozens of texts from her to Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have now been released, with her urging him to do everything he could to contest and overturn the results.

Of course, these have come to light because Democrats in Congress have a vested interest in leaking them NOW, in the wake of Republican attacks on Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack has had Meadows’ documents for months now.

Democrats say that these texts, and Ginni Thomas’s other activities, raise questions about Clarence Thomas’s objectivity. In January, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s request to block the release of White House records relating to the January 6 attack. The only dissent to that rejection came from Clarence Thomas, and he wrote a vehement dissent.

There are now calls for Thomas to recuse himself from any future cases stemming from the January 6 investigation. But, unlike any other court in the country, there is actually no mechanism to MAKE a Supreme Court justice recuse himself or herself from any case, even in situations of an obvious conflict of interest. And since he never has before in cases directly involving his wife, why would he start now?

And of course, there’s a lot of hand-wringing about how this is further discrediting the Supreme Court in the eyes of the American public. As if we should give the Court any credit at all! It has ALWAYS been an arm of the capitalists’ state apparatus, and often the MOST reactionary arm at that. It has played a big part in upholding slavery, segregation, union-busting, and many other attacks on the population. Its few progressive rulings are a drop in the bucket—and only came on the heels of mass movements that forced its hand.

The Court’s recent conservative majority is just a return to form. And the latest news about Clarence Thomas’s compromised credibility is just more of the same.