Senator Ed Markey reiterated calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign in a social media posting on Tuesday.
The short tweet reads, “Clarence Thomas must resign.”
Markey (D-MA) is likely the highest-ranking Democrat to date calling for Thomas’ resignation. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been very vocal in the past about demanding his ouster, along with a handful of other House members.
The controversy stems from a recent report by the left-leaning outlet Pro Publica alleging billionaire Harlan Crow, a GOP donor, provided trips and gifts to Thomas that were not disclosed.
Following the allegations of impropriety, Thomas explained accurately that the gifts in question were from close personal friends and, as they “did not have business before the Court” it “was not reportable.”
He said he would amend his financial disclosure forms to comply with changes made to disclosure rules that were announced last month.
Markey’s calls for his resignation began last week when he declared the hit job against Thomas was evidence that the Supreme Court Justice’s “reputation is unsalvageable.”
Clarence Thomas must resign.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 2, 2023
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Ted Cruz Reveals Why Democrats REALLY Want Clarence Thomas to Resign
Senator Ted Cruz, speaking during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court Ethics Reform on Tuesday, absolutely tore apart the Democrats’ argument suggesting Clarence Thomas should resign.
“Senate Democrats and their lap dogs in the media are engaged in a two-fold political campaign,” he explained.
“Number one – to delegitimize the Supreme Court of the United States because they are angry that there are a majority of constitutionalists on the court,” added Cruz. “But number two, very directly, this is a political campaign designed to smear Justice Clarence Thomas.”
“This is not about judicial ethics…this is about applying a double-standard to Clarence Thomas — and only Clarence Thomas.” @SenTedCruz reminds America how Justice Thomas has been smeared and why Senate Judiciary Dems are really holding this sideshow. pic.twitter.com/wQlbvM5CdH
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) May 2, 2023
And the reason behind it is quite simple.
“The Left despises Clarence Thomas, and they do not despise him because he’s a conservative,” Cruz alleges. “The Left despises Clarence Thomas because he is a conservative African American.”
Cruz then made a reference to Thomas’s own remarks at his confirmation hearing over 30 years ago, an effort the Justice described at the time as an attempted “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks” by Democrats.
.@tedcruz: “The left despises Clarence Thomas. And they do not despise him because he’s a conservative, the left despises Clarence Thomas because he is a conservative African American.” pic.twitter.com/ejDLFxpLME
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 2, 2023
Cruz ran off a list of other justices who have taken similar trips and accepted gifts in the past, noting there was no outrage or demands for them to resign. There wasn’t even mention of it.
“I would point out Justice Kagan has done the same thing. Justice Sotomayor has done the same thing,” he said. “And yet, none of my Democrat colleagues care, because this is a political attack directed at a justice they hate.”
Sen. Ted Cruz defending Justice Clarence Thomas after detailing the hundreds of trips Justices RBG, Stephen Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor have taken: “None of my Democrat colleagues care because this is a political attack directed at a Justice they hate.” pic.twitter.com/thn78AshRp
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 2, 2023
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They Hate Him Because He’s Black
None of this is new, of course. The Political Insider reported just over a year ago that Democrats were holding a hearing to explore the possibility of impeachment for Supreme Court justices.
The controversy at that time was over Thomas’s wife Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas, who exchanged text messages with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about alleged election fraud after the 2020 election.
If it’s not one manufactured scandal, it’s another. And there will certainly be more down the line.
Why? Because Democrats really hate that Clarence Thomas is the most successful, longest-tenured black Supreme Court justice – and he’s a Constitutional conservative. Demographic elements are supposed to be their platform. That is why Ketanji Brown Jackson was appointed to the Court based almost exclusively on her skin color and gender.
During an interview on Fox News over the weekend, Cruz accused Democrats of having a “special degree of hate” for Thomas because he is a black man.
“Democrats hate Justice Thomas and they save a special degree of hate for him because he is a Black man,” he said. “And their view is that an African American is not allowed to be a conservative [and] is not allowed to disagree with left-wing orthodoxy.”
Ted Cruz claims Democrats are investigating Clarence Thomas because he is black, “Democrats hate Justice Thomas, ask they save a special degree of hate for him because a black man.” pic.twitter.com/iEL5XDnfG9
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 30, 2023
Clarence Thomas is the longest-serving justice, the second black justice, and the most conservative member currently serving on the Supreme Court.
That’s the true reason he is being targeted.
He is a historic figure who should be celebrated as such.
Markey, meanwhile, is essentially a Squad member in pants and has pushed for such groundbreaking and ‘historic’ legislation as those supporting censorship under the guise of … “algorithmic justice.”
Elon Musk and a handful of billionaires now have dangerous influence over the most powerful online platforms. They can’t be trusted, and self-regulation has failed. We must pass laws to protect privacy and promote algorithmic justice for internet users, especially for kids.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) April 26, 2022
We live in a nation now where great men like Clarence Thomas are ridiculed, despised, and smeared, while people who do little more than come up with phrases designed to dupe the uneducated are celebrated.
“Democrats can have disagreements based on law, but this attempt to delegitimize the court this attempt to personally smear Clarence Thomas is dishonest,” Cruz fired back.
“And everyone in the media echoing it is participating in a shameful reprise of 1991’s high-tech lynching.”
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