Justice Clarence Thomas Grants Rare Interview to Laura Ingraham: My Philosophy is ‘Get It Right’
On Wednesday night, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sat down for a rare interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who was a former clerk of his.
It has been “different” without the late Antonin Scalia in the court, Thomas said, sharing that he “had a way of filling up the room with his personality, his quips, his intellect, his humor.”
“I did not know him before I went to the court and I got to know him and we developed a friendship, a bond of trust,” Thomas elaborated. “So for me, personally it’s very different.”
He also praised his fellow justices, including his new colleague Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“It’s a good place to work,” Thomas said. “You can disagree with this opinion or that. I am not the person to say it’s a sour or dour place or that it is like a funeral in its atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to work.”
While Ingraham pointed out that many call his philosophy “strictly conservative,” he calls it “get it right.”
“I think we are are required to reason to a conclusion and that’s what we try to do,” he elaborated. “And I do it in a way that it is accessible to regular people… I think we have to be careful not to take outcomes that we want and backwash that into the process of decision-making. So you don’t reach a decision and then force the process… You don’t justify the outcome. You reason to the outcome.”
Ingraham later invoked the allegations made by Anita Hill during his confirmation, which at the time he said “no job” was worth what he went through. She asked him if it was worth it.
“That’s a good question,” he reacted. “I think we are called to do certain things. In my youth, I thought I was called to be a priest. Thought that was my vocation. And I think there are jobs you would not choose but when you are called to do it… I don’t think anyone would choose to go through unpleasantness, but if it has to be that to do what is right, then so be it.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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