Clarence Thomas Rebukes Cory Booker’s “Spartacus” Stunt


Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a rare rebuke of Sen. Cory Booker’s histrionics during Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last week.

Booker last week beclowned himself when he declared that he was engaging in civil disobedience and breaking Senate rules by releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House, comparing himself to “Spartacus.” It turned out the documents had already been cleared for public release, and the whole thing appeared to be a stunt by Booker to boost his standing with the far left ahead of a widely expected 2020 presidential run.

When asked about how to restore and preserve the legitimacy of the Supreme Court at a Federalist Society event in Texas, Thomas said, “Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings instead of ‘Spartacus’.” The comment drew laughs from the audience:

Thomas continued, “If we could use the word ‘honorable’ more often, think about the difference it would make: then you’ll have a legacy. We will have left the country in better shape morally, structurally, than we found it.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a notorious leftist, also condemned the partisan show that Supreme Court confirmation hearings have become since the infamous character assassination of Robert Bork, whose nomination by President Reagan failed to clear the Senate after an intense smear campaign by Senate Democrats. “The way it was, was right. The way it is, is wrong,” Ginsburg said at an event at George Washington University earlier this week. “I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back the way it was.”

Thomas Valentine

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