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News broke late on Sunday night that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized with a “flu-like infection.”
“Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C., on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” the statement read, as reported by The Economist’s Steve Mazie.
“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the statement continued. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”
“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” the statement added.
NEW: Justice Thomas has been hospitalized after experiencing flu-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with an infection and is receiving intravenous antibiotics. He is recovering. pic.twitter.com/2Sc8HEaNdo
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) March 20, 2022
Soon after the news broke on social media, many deranged leftists expressed joy and happiness that Thomas was hospitalized.
— »» J.C. RN «« (@STL_JC) March 20, 2022
Would be terrible if he passed the COV… er, flu-like-symptoms onto Ginny before before being hospitalized.
— Gizmoguy2020 (@gizmoguy2020) March 20, 2022
I pray he goes home to his maker. And take his wife with him. I believe in the greater good. And the greater good is two Black women on the Supreme Court in 2022. Amen so let it be. pic.twitter.com/ifcILz0vKU
— Carmen's Granddaughter (@CarmenGranddau1) March 20, 2022
Me trying really hard to keep my thoughts on Clarence Thomas at bay right now pic.twitter.com/bnyrjMGEtu
— Elizabeth Says Mask Up/Save Lives (@TheHopsbride) March 20, 2022
— no name (@PRGalForHire) March 20, 2022
— ☮︎🌻Jacqui 🌻☮︎ (@JacquiInWI) March 20, 2022
Last week, Thomas issued a warning about the future of the nation’s highest court.
During an address in Utah sponsored by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, Thomas warned about the leftist cultural onslaught and warned that future generations will pay the price if the Supreme Court is overcome.
“My fear isn’t for me. But it is for your kids and your grandkids and the next generation. What are we going to leave them? Are we leaving them a mess or are we leaving them a country? Are we leaving them chaos or are we going to leave them a court?” he said.
Thomas tore into liberals pushing the idea of rigging the court’s structure to produce specific political outcomes, arguing it’s damaging even if it never gets beyond the talking stage.
“You can cavalierly talk about packing or stacking the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this or doing that. At some point, the institution is going to be compromised,” he said.
A court that is structured to be a rubber stamp is “no court at all. That’s no rule of law at all. That’s just willfulness. I don’t see how that is conducive to having a free and civil society.”
“You can’t keep taking chips out of your institutions and not expect it to, at some point, be compromised. At some point, it can’t keep withstanding the efforts to undermine,” Thomas said.
“Let’s be honest,” he said about the effort to pack the court to make it permanently lean to the left. “This is really about the results they want. They haven’t been able to make the institutions do what they want, to give them what they want.”
In a speech in Utah, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas slammed 'cancel culture,' the media and proposals to add justices to the high court, suggesting that doing so could chip away at the institution's credibility.https://t.co/nsOxJDdLGi
— Sam Metz (@metzsam) March 12, 2022
“By doing this, you continue to chip away at the respect of the institutions that the next generation is going to need if they’re going to have civil society,” Thomas said.
“I’m afraid, particularly in this world of cancel culture attack, I don’t know where you’re going to learn to engage as we did when I grew up,” he said.
“If you don’t learn at that level in high school, in grammar school, in your neighborhood, or in civic organizations, then how do you have it when you’re making decisions in government, in the legislature, or in the courts?” he said.
Thomas noted that colleges have evolved into places stocked with “people who actually seem quite full of themselves. Now it’s sort of this animus develops if you disagree.”
“If you can’t do it on a university campus, where do you learn civility? Where do you learn to disagree without being disagreeable?” he said, according to the Deseret News.
“That’s really interesting. I didn’t know that there were these particular ideas that were off-limits — you get like white-only water fountains, now you get white-only ideas. The more things change the more they remain the same,” he said.