Clarence Thomas gave the one answer about retirement that no one was expecting

Rumors have been circulating for months that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will retire.

That would allow President Trump to appoint a younger conservative replacement and prevent a future Democrat President from tipping the balance of the court.

And now Clarence Thomas gave one answer about retirement that no one was expecting.

Thomas took on the retirement rumors head on.

The longest-serving Supreme Court Justice said they were hogwash and he had no intention of stepping down anytime soon.

The Daily Caller reports:

Speaking with private equity tycoon David Rubenstein before the Supreme Court Historical Society, Thomas seemed to say that speculation as to his possible departure is meritless. Some court-watchers have wondered if Thomas, 70, might like to retire under President Donald Trump to ensure confirmation of a like-minded successor.

“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” Thomas said. “I think one of the things you have to get used to in this business is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.”

The justice recalled that his wife Virginia recently received a news alert to the effect that he was considering retirement.

“Wow, glad to know that,” Thomas joked. “You have to know everyday what’s on your schedule.”

Some analysts rate Thomas as the most conservative Supreme Court justice in the nation’s history.

So some conservatives worry that if a Democrat wins in 2020 they could appoint Thomas’s successor if they serve two terms.

That does not appear to be in the cards.

Thomas — who has served on the bench since 1991 — has every intention of continuing on the court for a long time to come.

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25 Responses

  1. D Sunkle says:

    HE IS A GREAT SUPREMECOURTJUSTICE.BIS IS GINSBERG :: WHO NEED,S TO BE (REPLACED…. and… THE SOONER THE BETTER. And WITH A MORE RESPONSIVE JUSTICE. SHE HAS DONE HER TIME.. LET HER RETIRE..

  2. Joanna Johnson-Smith says:

    Stay the Course, Justice Thomas! As far as I’M concerned, you are the ONLY, True Conservative on the SCOTUS.

  3. Ron says:

    Justice Thomas has the constitutional right to choose his retirement. Overall, he has been a Good Justice and I thank him for his service.

  4. Moses says:

    Clarence Thomas has been worse than pathetic as a justice. He is part of Bush 41’s terrible legacy, Thomas is lazy, NEVER speaks at important or any Supreme Court hearings except three years ago he tried a stupid ass joke that flopped. He was incredibly ill prepared at 41, no experience of importance, benefited from affirmative action but votes against it for other blacks. He harassed the woman and the all men Senators basically didn’t give Anita Hill, an attorney who worked with Thomas, the respect she deserved. Thomas has a right wing, vocal white wife, and there have been quite a few times he and Scalia should have recused themselves from cases but they didn’t because of dishonesty, horrible ethics and disregard for the rule of law. Do you remember his “high tech lynching” statement that probably cemented his nomination to go through, he’s another Kavanaugh crybaby.

    • Rob T says:

      Whine on!

      • Deb says:

        Really? I don’t see where he is a far-right extremist, and that’s what you seem to be insinuating! He’s a strong, principled justice, and even Donna Brazille had admiring words for him, and his conduct, although I imagine she doesn’t agree with him on much! Maybe you need a cry-towel, or some cheese with the “whine” that Rob T (above) was talking about?

    • Janice says:

      Who’s the crybaby here?

    • ron kessinger says:

      The sociopath speakeths.

    • Gregory Sullivan says:

      Moses idiot:
      Calling yourself “Moses” in an insult to his name and if he were alive today he wouldn’t have anything to do with you and sue you for slandering him. Talk about cry babies, you are the worst one of them all because your idol Hellary Rotten head Clinochio didn’t win in 2016. Why don’t you sit in that bitche’s face saying lie to me lie to me as she is a professional in doing so asshole.

  5. Jan13 says:

    All the judges that rule on Their life experience instead of Constitutional law should leave the bench.
    Everyone of us has or had a life struggle, we just move on and hope to overcome it.

    • Jan13 says:

      Thank you Justice Thomas for your service as a Supreme Court justice.
      Hoping you will be able to serve for many more years.

  6. Ron Dailey says:

    Thank you for your incredible service Mr. Thomas.

  7. Arthur says:

    “I think one of the things you have to get used to in this business is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.” Clarence Thomas.

    His comment: Succinct, Sharp, Weighted.

    May his tenure on the court last for many more years to come.

    • SGT Preston says:

      One of the things Thomas better worry about is the possibility of his “disappearing” some night, courtesy of some left-leaning individual who wants to democrats to control the SC.

      • 2004done says:

        Sarge, Let’s hope he doesn’t EVER want to see for himself what a West Texas resort looks like, especially without having an autopsy planned “just in case.”

  8. Wayne Flynn says:

    I believe that you are a guardian for the Constitution and our Republic. God Bless You sir!!!

  9. Karin says:

    Good for you, Justice Thomas, You had to fight a cruel, vicious battle to get there and I for one am eternally grateful for your continued service.

  10. Rodney says:

    If any of the Judges should retire or be retiring, it should be Gittemburg!!!!! I know spelled wrong, but I really don’t give a rats!!!!!! When was the last time that she voted on anything to help “We the People”!!!!!!

    • 2004done says:

      I remember it well, it was the evening of the third “blue moon” in February, 2036, when she forgot her “Pocket Constitution” again when she DIDN’T vote against WTP.

  11. Barry says:

    Yes a 40ish even more Conservative Justice who strictly adheres to the Constitution as our Founding fathers did. One who doesn’t believe that it is a living breathing document, but a document that must be followed perfectly to the letter and not interpreted .

  12. D Sunkle says:

    Yes It would open the Door. ‘and’ Younger Maybe,a, more Udated. Education ,,to,, Combat , AND, Help. “President Donald J. Trump. in Draining the Left AND The “DemonCrat,s From Destroying our country (Swamp). He doe,s Need , More Help ,,to,, Combat,, ‘THE’ left , Strangle ,>Hold Washington,s D>C> WE ,,ALL,,
    TRUE (“AMERICAN,s WANT OUR COUNTRY ,BACK,AGAIN, STRONG and UNITED and TOGETHER and UNITED as ,, ONE NATION UNDER ‘GOD’ and WITH ALL TRUE AMERICAN,s,, WE WILL STAND UP. ALWAY,s FOR OUR GOD and OUR COUNTRY. TAKING BACK CONTROL of OUR (UNITED STATE,s of OUR ‘AMERICA’.. GOD HAS BLESSED U.S. ALL. AMEN AMEN..

    • Diana says:

      To have any hope of regaining control of our Government/ Country / Drain the DC Swamp we sincerely need all 50 states, not just 38 required, to radify an Article 5 . Article 5 was our genius founders way to recapture ,what they knew instinctively , would be taken over by greedy politicians. Petition your State Legislators to do their jobs and RADIFY the current call for a Convention Of States. SCOTUS Cannot rewrite laws, only give opinion on how they interpret a case within the scope of the Constitution and laws that have been passed.

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