Saturday, June 10, 2023

the last book I ever read (Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, excerpt twelve)

from Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson:

In a fifteenth-anniversary tribute Thomas delivered to Weyrich’s group in April 1993, he made explicitly clear how much he felt he owed the right wing. Joining a group of speakers that included the North Carolina senator Jesse Helms, the conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and Oliver North (soon to be a Republican candidate for the Senate from Virginia), Thomas said, “One of the things I can say about Paul and Free Congress and all my friends over here is that in this city, when times are good, your friends know you. When times are bad, you know your friends. And I got to know these friends when times were bad. So it’s with deepness and a sense of gratitude, and a sense of loyalty and friendship, that I congratulate Free Congress and all my friends here.”

Although many of the justices appear publicly before legal groups and several have been keynote speakers at events organized by the conservative Federalist Society, Thomas’s ties to Weyrich and other political activists who were taking sides on major issues before the Court are unparalled. In fact, at the momemt that Thomas appeared at Weyrich’s anniversary gala, the Court was considering a case about religious instruction in public school facilities in which Free Congress Foundation had filed a friend-of-the-court brief.

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