Because former President Donald Trump had the unprecedented opportunity to appoint three conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, giving it a strong conservative majority for years — if not decades — to come, there’s increasing concern that Democrats might push to even the playing field in the future.
One person who is extremely concerned about the future of the high court is none other than Justice Clarence Thomas, who recently sounded off on why he believes the sacred institution is in serious jeopardy. According to Deseret News, Thomas delivered the dire warning during an address in Utah that was sponsored by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation.
Aside from warning of the perils of politicos perverting the Supreme Court, Thomas was also asked about his judicial philosophy and other relevant topics at the event.
It was held at the Grand America Hotel, and roughly 500 guests shelled out $150 each for tickets to see Thomas speak his mind.
Court will be “compromised”
The ticket price appears to have been well worth the cost, as Thomas held nothing back as far as offering his opinion on the future of the SCOTUS.
“You can cavalierly talk about packing the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this and doing that. At some point, the institutions are going to be compromised,” he said.
Thomas added: “People should at least be honest that it’s really about results that they want and that they haven’t been able to make the institution do what they wanted to do or give them what they want when they want it.”
“That’s no court at all. That’s no rule of law at all. That’s just willfulness,” the 73-year-old justice said. “I don’t see how that is conducive to having a free and civil society.”
“My fear isn’t for me. But it is for your kids and your grandkids and the next generation. What are we going to leave them? Are we leaving them a mess or are we leaving them a country? Are we leaving them chaos or are we going to leave them a court?”
While it’s rare to hear strong, unfiltered opinions from most SCOTUS justices, Thomas made an exception to that rule during the Utah-based event, even going as far as tearing into “cancel culture” and liberal ideology in general.
“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,” Thomas said.
He added: “If you can’t do it on a university campus, where do you learn civility? Where do you learn to disagree without being disagreeable?”