Justice Clarence Thomas went viral on social media Friday morning after the judge was filmed laughing in the face of a TMZ reporter in the nation’s capital.
“I’m just a civil servant!” joked Thomas.
“You’re a funny guy. What do you do? You just stand around and photobomb people?! I’m just giving you a hard time. I know who you are!” he added. “So you just go around bothering people?”
Watch Thomas above.
SUPREME SMACKDOWN: Clarence Thomas MOCKS Cory Booker’s ‘SPARTICUS’ Moment
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas weighed-in on Cory Booker’s overt grandstanding during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing this week; blasting the liberal legislator’s now-infamous “Sparticus” moment.
Thomas was speaking with C-SPAN when he was asked to comment on Booker’s antics during the hearings last week, when the left-wing lawmaker said “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.’”
From last week, Justice Clarence Thomas: "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'…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2018
“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,’” Thomas said to widespread laughter.
“If we could use the word honorable more often, think about the difference it’ll make,” he said. “Then, you’ll have a legacy. We will have left the country in better shape, morally, structurally than we found it.”
Watch Justice Thomas’s comments above.
DEVELOPING: President Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill RBG’s seat
President Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat on Saturday afternoon.
But, his advisers and lawmakers are placing their bets now. Sources familiar with the matter are confident that their prediction will, in fact, become a reality.
According to sources close to the president, via Politico, Trump is expected to select Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacant seat.
A judge on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett has long been viewed as the frontrunning candidate for the position, due to her strong conservative values. The devout Catholic and mother of seven emerged as the top pick on Trump’s shortlist, just days following Ginsburg’s death. At 48, Barrett would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas in 1991 and could serve well into the middle of the century, according to ABC News.
While one source, a senior Republican official, said the president indicated he’d made his decision, another source said that Trump has still indicated some “flexibility,” according to Politico.
Despite Trump’s vow to select a woman to fill RBG’s vacant seat, Democrats are still infuriated by the notion that the Senate very well may vote a new Justice to the Court before the election. During the Obama-administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell refused to vote on Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, because it was an election year. Now, Republicans are eager to vote on Trump’s.
McConnell says that this year is a whole different scenario; Republicans hold the White House and the Senate, which was not the case in 2016.
For Democrats, Barrett’s conservative tilt and Catholic roots made her approval to the federal bench in 2017 a bitter experience, according to ABC.
So, it can be expected that Supreme Court approval will face the same reaction from the left.
Whether Barrett or someone else, the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking to hold confirmation hearings the week of October 12. Senate Republicans want to confirm the 9th justice before the election, in the event the Supreme Court has to step in to decide the results, according to Politico.