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Petition to Impeach Clarence Thomas Surpasses 300K Signatures


A Supreme Court justice cannot and should not – ever – be impeached over a simple ruling, nor the language in an opinion. But that was not why Justice Thomas is in trouble in the first place. Thomas is in danger of being impeached because of his activist wife, texting the chief of staff for the president, while Thomas was ruling upon whether those very texts (and other documents) were subject to executive privilege. Thomas was the lone vote saying that they should be subject to executive privilege. He shouldn’t have been sitting in and ruling on the case at all and that is why there was talk of impeachment.

But Thomas surely didn’t do himself any favors by saying that the SCOTUS should now also review birth control, gay marriage, and criminalizing gay intimacy, which angers people at least as much as him sitting in on conflicted cases.

Take the two together and one ends up with an American public that wants Thomas impeached. According to Newsweek, a petition now has 300,000 signatures on it:

The petition does not mention the recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, however, and instead focuses on the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

“Recently, Justice Clarence Thomas voted against a Supreme Court decision to compel the release of Donald Trump‘s records regarding the January 6 insurrection and attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election,” the petition said.

“It has become clear that his wife—longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas—was actively urging the White House to overturn election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection.

Admittedly, there are some of us that cannot get excited about “Impeaching” Justice Thomas because even though the House might be willing to do it, the Senate will not be willing to convict, not while Joe Biden is president. The means to replace Thomas is if Ginni is charged with a crime and it looks like Thomas might have been somewhat involved. At that point, Thomas might be almost forced to resign to get some heat off of him.

One can dream.

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Nicole Hickman is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.