The Left has been wetting itself for the past few weeks as part of the High Tech Lynching of Clarence Thomas, Episode 37 (at least, we think that’s where we left off). Not to be left out, Philip Allen Lacovara weighed in with an opinion piece for The Hill, suggesting that Clarence Thomas resign in the mold of Abe Fortas.
Lacovara draws parallels to the Fortas resignation, focusing on the gifts that Fortas accepted, but glossing over other important context.
Fortas and LBJ were thick as thieves. Fortas continued to advise the president after being seated on the High Court, including helping with speech writing and attending White House staff meetings. Fortas was also advising Wolfson on possible SEC violations while sitting on the Court. There were allegations that Fortas pushed LBJ to pardon Wolfson, the man who was going to pay Fortas $20,000 a year for life. (see 1970 conversation between Fortas and Wolfson)
In other words, the resignation of Abe Fortas was more the result of allegations that might ruin both his and his wife’s career, political maneuvering by the Nixon administration, and good old-fashioned bad optics than it was some high and noble gesture by Fortas to preserve the integrity of the Court.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 16, 2023
Lacovara also claims that Abe Fortas was urged by his friend and fellow Justice, the Honorable Hugo Black, a former member of the KKK, to resign.
Oh, if only conservatives had such a ‘hero’ to advise Clarence Thomas.
According to Fortas biographer, Laura Kalman, this is not exactly what happened. (Source)
The same publication quoted Fortas as saying ‘I resigned to save Douglas’, fellow Justice and long-time friend, who had also become a target of Nixon and Strom Thurmond for expulsion from the Court for similar questions of financial gifts.
Whatever Fortas’s full motivations, The Hill conveniently ignored the brunt of it to paint a most noble of exits for Fortas.
The Hill’s poor attempt to draw a neat parallel between Thomas and Fortas is just another attempt in a long history of attempts to get Clarence Thomas, starting with Joe Biden’s despicable performance in his nomination hearings. This is the latest retread of things they were writing about almost 20 years ago.
How did conservative Twitter receive The Hill’s request?
The phrase ‘Bite me!’ sums it up rather succinctly.
Pathetic attempt too, by the way.
— Dominar (@THATCH_ARISES) April 16, 2023
— Bob Sacamana (@BSacamana) April 16, 2023
This is the response they deserve.
Lifetime Appointment pic.twitter.com/wBX34Ya6FS
— Rani, Last of The Red Hot Boomers (@ShadesOfRani) April 16, 2023
LOL! Sorry libs!
Abe accepted money from someone under investigation for insider trading.
Justice Thomas has wealthy best friend not under investigation or any cases before the court who invites him over and sometimes gives him gifts…you know…things friends do.
— Anmarie (@AnmarieInMn) April 16, 2023
Don’t expect The Hill to let facts get in the way.
Were there memes? You bet there were.
Or he could say go phuck off liberal loser pic.twitter.com/KwGTbDxjLb
— Papi Winston (@papi_winston) April 16, 2023
Ok, that’s funny.
— Godwin Meter (@GodwinMeter) April 16, 2023
If Clarence Thomas did anything remotely similar or even in the same universe as what Fortas did, this article would make sense. https://t.co/xuNl4sLtcD
— RBe (@RBPundit) April 16, 2023
We hope The Hill is getting the message: Your crap ain’t working.
1. Justice Fortas took money funneled from attorneys—with business before the Supreme Court.
2. Justice Thomas vacationed with his best friend of 25 years—with no business before the Supreme Court.
3. A current Democrat-appointed justice regularly vacations with an… https://t.co/mhwg1GZF7Z
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) April 16, 2023
This guy gets it.
“This one judge a long time ago was taking monetary payments from people who practiced before his court and resigned. Clarence Thomas, who has never done that, should resign too.” https://t.co/ei7GjEQuvW
— Political Sock (@politicalsock) April 16, 2023
That’s the argument. Amazing.
The left has been going after Clarence Thomas for three decades. Imagine if it were conservatives who spent thirty years frivolously attacking a black liberal justice.
Go pound sand, the Hill. https://t.co/cIh55H6nuy
— Mike Dury (@MikeDury) April 16, 2023
You heard the man! Get to steppin’!
The left’s long history of making up rules to retroactively punish black people continues apace. https://t.co/AUc78qx3im
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) April 16, 2023
Jim Crow 3.0?
Resign, black man. https://t.co/Hey3v9K9JK
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 16, 2023
Liberals love them some Justice Blackmun, but they hate conservative Justice Black Man.
That's "Justice" Clarence Thomas to you clowns on The Hill. https://t.co/F4HIPNlMoP
— FreebirdKDR1776 🇺🇸 (@KDRnKy) April 16, 2023
Get used to it, libs. Justice Clarence Thomas ain’t going anywhere.
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