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Clarence Thomas warns against 'destroying our institutions,' defends the Supreme Court


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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday warned against “destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want, when we want it," arguing that the high court must remain independent from political polarization. 

In an address to more than 800 students at the University of Notre Dame, Thomas said that the country has “gotten to the point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us,” according to The Washington Post

Thomas, the longest-serving justice and a member of the court’s conservative wing, also pushed back on criticism that Supreme Court justices are aiming to promote their own political agendas in their decisions. 


“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out,” Thomas, who is Catholic, explained. 

“They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” he continued. “That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”

When asked at Thursday’s event if his Catholic faith has been at conflict with some of the legal questions that have come before the court, he responded, “that’s not the role of a judge.”

“You do your job and you go cry alone,” he added, according to The Associated Press:snip:

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