During a speech on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated that the United States is “undermining” its institutions, citing the recent leak of an early draft opinion from the Supreme Court as an example.
Thomas made the comments during the Old Parkland Conference for black conservatives in Dallas, Texas, just two weeks after the leaking of the draft opinion which indicates that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning the issue of abortion to the states.
“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad,” the 73-year-old justice said, referring to the leaked draft opinion. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”
Thomas went on to note that the unprecedented leak has made the justices suspicious of the people around them.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder,” he stated. “It’s kind of like infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”
Thomas, a conservative appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and the longest serving current justice, told the audience at the conference that prior to the leaking of the draft opinion, no one would have even believed that such an incident could occur.
“If someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone … you would say: ‘That’s impossible. No one would ever do that,’” he said. “That was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s understanding or at least anyone’s imagination.”
According to reporting from Politico, Thomas also appeared to suggest that the leak may have come from a law clerk or even another justice.
“Anybody who would, for example, have an attitude to leak documents, that is your general attitude, that is your future on the bench,” he said.
The leaking of the draft opinion, in which Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong from the start,” has incited left-wing activists to protest across the country, including in front of conservative justices’ homes after their addresses were doxxed by a radical pro-abortion group.
The radical pro-abortion activists have even vandalized several pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, even going so far as to commit an actual terrorist attack against one center in Madison, Wisconsin, throwing a Molotov cocktail into the building and leaving behind the message in spray paint: “if abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”
Polling consistently shows that Americans largely disapprove of abortion past the first trimester, yet Democrats still refuse to put any limits on the procedure, even allowing it up to the moment of birth.
The outrage, protests, and escalating violence from the left may have prompted the Supreme Court to release its Roe decision early, as the court has announced that it will be releasing “one or more” opinions on Monday.