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Clarence Thomas still sounds bitter

05/07/2013 9:45 AM

05/20/2014 10:44 AM

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was recently asked if he expected to see an African American president in his lifetime.

His answer:

The conservative jurist, and the court’s lone African American, said he always knew “it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody that they didn't agree with, they would take apart.

“And that will happen with virtually -- you pick your person -- any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart," he said in an April interview at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh.

The interviewed aired on C-SPAN.

Thomas, who once worked as an assistant attorney general in Missouri under Jack Danforth, became a household name in 1991 during his confirmation hearings when a former co-worker, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment. Thomas vigorously denied the charges and clearly was angry at the ensuing firestorm, calling the hearings a “high-tech lynching.”

In the April interview, Thomas said: “You can pick anybody, don't pick me. Pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it. There's a price to pay,” he said. “So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.”

Thomas said he’s had no in-depth conversations with President Barack Obama.


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