Many Americans on the left—and some in the middle—are hoping the rumor that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is pondering retirement is true. But as soon as the report went viral, Ginni Thomas, the justice’s wife, pooh-poohed the report.
“For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say—unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives,” she wrote. “It. Is. BOGUS!”
Moreover, Ginni Thomas said that the person who posted the story, Paul Bedard, “needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.”
Thomas, who rarely says anything during the Supreme Court hearings, has been a consistent proponent of the conservative, rightwing outlook. Appointed by President George H.W. Bush and the lightning rod of a national confrontation during his confirmation, Thomas has not been a voice for Black America. His departure, his retirement, would be cheered by millions, adding to the possibility of replacing two justices after the death of Antonin Scalia, should Hillary Clinton win the general election against the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
There was no word—not surprising—from Thomas about his possible retirement, an activity that has long been apparent for those opposed to his appointment.
In her email, Thomas’ wife noted that she had received an email from a friend who ridiculed Bedard’s report, saying, “Next we’ll hear that you and he [Justice Thomas] have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska College sports games won’t be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off, so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband—perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas.”
Only news from the Trump campaign can rival this bit of chicanery and folderol.