Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has long been despised and attacked by the ideological left, and that same enmity is now increasingly being displayed by purportedly moderate and mainstream members of the political and media establishment.
The latest example comes from CNN host Chris Wallace, formerly of Fox News, who recently accused Justice Thomas of having unfairly “played the race card” in his own defense during his Senate confirmation hearings roughly three decades ago, the Conservative Brief reported.
That accusation came during an interview Wallace held with Professor Anita Hill, who had made unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Judge Thomas when he was nominated for the high court, and in which Wallace opened the door for Hill to play her own race and gender card.
Mediaite reported that Wallace interviewed Hill for the latest episode of his “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” program that airs Fridays on HBO Max and is replayed again in highlight form on CNN on Sundays.
At one point in the discussion, Wallace made reference to how Thomas had used the phrase “high-tech lynching” to describe the concerted attacks against him by Democrats — led by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) — on the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 1991 confirmation hearings.
In regard to the accusations against Thomas, Wallace said, “Right. Okay. Well, Clarence Thomas responded, and I think it’s fair to say that he played the race card, and he played it hard. Again, take a look.”
He then played a video clip from the hearing, in which Thomas proclaimed, “This is a circus, it’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves.”
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Thomas accuser Hill given platform to play her own race and gender card
Wallace certainly was not finished, though, according to Mediaite, as he followed up his own accusation against Thomas playing the “race card” by all but openly inviting Hill to play her own race and gender card with respect to her alleged mistreatment by “the 14 white men, Republicans and Democrats, who were the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Asked for her thoughts on both Thomas and the senators, Hill replied, “Well, there are two things with Thomas — it was the idea that he could play the race card as the victim against a black woman who will, you know, came from the same history whose family had been threatened with lynching.”
“Real lynching, not high-tech lynching, whatever that was supposed to mean, and that he could be successful,” she continued. “That, in a sense, he was attempting to alienate me from black people that sort of take — overweigh any kind of, you know, respect or any kind of sympathy that black people would have for me.”
“And that’s really difficult because we know now that there was a whole history of sexual violation of African American women that didn’t get in, in the discussion at all. That wasn’t part of the discussion,” Hill said. “I don’t think the Senate committee could have heard that. They understood what happened to black men, and the reality and brutality of lynching. But I don’t think they had a clue about the experiences of black women.”
“And that, to me, says that the 14 men who were there should not have been leading a discussion. They should not, they didn’t have any idea of what they were even talking about,” she added, though she declined to expand on who, other than the Senate Judiciary Committee, should have handled her allegations against the nominated jurist during his confirmation hearings.
Justice Thomas has faced unrelenting attacks from the left since before he was even seated on the Supreme Court, and now more than 30 years later, those accusatory attacks against his character continue unabated and undoubtedly will still be launched even after he has eventually retired or passed away.