The U.S. Supreme Court has attracted some harsh criticism from the left in recent months, but conservative Justice Clarence Thomas reminded Democrats this week of what the role of the nation’s highest court is.
Despite what the mainstream media might attempt to portray, Thomas insisted that he does not decide cases based on ideology or personal political preferences.
“You do your job and you go cry alone”
According to Fox News, his remarks on the matter came during a recent speech at the University of Notre Dame.
Although the conservative majority on the bench have been villainized by Democratic leaders for their vote to allow a restrictive abortion law in Texas to remain in effect, Thomas asserted that it was not because of the justices’ personal opinions on the issue.
“I think the media makes it sounds as though you are just always going right to your personal preference,” he said, according to Fox. “So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out.”
He rejected the perception that a Supreme Court justice will “become like a politician” by endorsing his or her own values from the bench.
Instead, Thomas declared: “You do your job and you go cry alone.”
“Not the same as political parties”
He is at least the third justice to make a recent comment designed to shed more light on how the court works.
Another conservative, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, said that justices are not “partisan hacks” who make “results-oriented” decisions.
“Sometimes, I don’t like the results of my decisions,” she said, according to Fox. “But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want. Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.”
Even liberal Justice Stephen Breyer got in on the action with a statement declaring that Supreme Court justices should not be confused with “junior league” politicians.
Thomas also issued a warning against destroying “our institutions,” which many on the right believed Democrats sought out to do with a push to expand the number of Supreme Court justices in order to secure a liberal majority. So far, there has been no real progress toward that goal.