Sotomayor praised his colleague, saying that he is a very representative person who “takes deep care” of the integrity of the court.
“Justice Thomas is the only judge in the building who literally knows the name of every employee, every one of them.” she told those present by the National Congress of the American Constitutional Society in 2022 on Thursday.
“And not only does he know their names, but he remembers the names and stories of their families.”
She said that despite their differences of opinion on how to help people, they maintain a friendship because she knows Thomas is “a man who cares deeply about the court as an institution … about the people who work here.”
As the Supreme Court prepares for the end of the most tumultuous term in decades, Judge Sonia Sotomayor says she and Judge Clarence Thomas share a “common understanding of people and kindness”. https://t.co/523bw0VLOE
– CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 17, 2022
Sonia Sotomayor defends Clarence Thomas
Sonia Sotomayor’s kind words to Clarence Thomas were a rare moment of positivity for the longest-serving judge, the second black judge and the most conservative member currently serving on the Supreme Court.
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However, Sotomayor has not always shown kindness to conservatives in the Supreme Court.
In oral disputes concerning Roe v. Wadeshe suggested that the Court was not examining the law itself, but rather seeking to pursue its repeal because of the composition of the judges.
“Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in public opinion that the Constitution and its reading are only political acts?” She asked.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a staunch supporter of abortion rights, has angered Mississippi’s attorney general by asking if the Supreme Court’s institution will “survive the stench” of Rowe’s repeal of what appears to be a political act. https://t.co/sbHcIObnjQ
– New York Times (@nytimes) December 1, 2021
They want him gone
Sonia Sotomayor’s comment comes when Democrats are actively calling for the impeachment of Thomas over the alleged behavior of his wife, Virginia Thomas.
There were reports that Thomas’ wife exchanged text messages with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and other officials for alleged election fraud.
Clarence Thomas must resign.
If not, his failure to reveal income from right-wing organizations, withdraw from issues related to his wife, and his vote to block key information from the commission on January 6 must be investigated and may serve as a basis for impeachment.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2022
A far-left petition by MoveOn.org calling for Thomas’ impeachment overshadows 236,000 signatures. Politico reports that Democrats in the House of Representatives are “outraged” by the situation with his wife and they have an option to impeachment.
Left-wing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is urging Thomas to resign or face impeachment for what she has identified as ethical.
“Clarence Thomas must resign,” the AOC tweeted.
“If not, his failure to reveal income from right-wing organizations, to withdraw from issues related to his wife, and his vote to block key information from the commission from January 6, must be investigated and may serve as a basis for impeachment.
SOTOMAYOR: “Over 100,000 children” are hospitalized due to COVID, as “many are on fans”
BRET BYER: “The number is not 100,000. Now there are about 3,500 in hospitals?
How did Sotomayor get to the Supreme Court?pic.twitter.com/ANapx1MbCq
– Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 9, 2022
“We have over 100,000 children we have never had before, in serious condition and a lot of fans,” because of the coronavirus, she said.
CDC Director Rochelle Valensky would later say the Supreme Court judge was wrong to point out that there were 3,500 children in the hospital at the time.
Thomas meanwhile, he joked in front of the media about when he will leave the Supreme Court.
Clarence Thomas says he has told the media for a long time that he will quit his job when things get as bad as the media is in theirs. This is great: pic.twitter.com/mjh9ozaxuV
– Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 16, 2022
“One of the things I would say in response to the media is when they talk, especially in the beginning, about the way I did my job, I said, ‘I’m going to leave court absolutely when I do my job as badly as you do.’ his own, ”he recalled. “And that was really meant to be a compliment.”
The audience burst out laughing.
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