Justice Clarence Thomas Appoints Controversial Clerk

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Friday, March 29, 2024 at 11:14 AM CDT

Justice Clarence Thomas Appoints Controversial Clerk

Justice Clarence Thomas has sparked a debate with his recent decision to appoint 29-year-old Crystal Clanton as a clerk for the Supreme Court's October term in 2024. Clanton, once embroiled in a racism scandal, is said to have formed a close bond with Thomas and his wife, Virginia, with the couple regarding her as their "nearly adopted daughter." Her past includes accusations of sending racist text messages, including one stating "I HATE BLACK PEOPLE," which led to her departure from Turning Point USA in 2017. Despite the controversy, Clanton has since lived with the Thomases and worked with Virginia Thomas in her political consulting business, Liberty Consulting, before pursuing a law degree at Antonin Scalia Law School where she earned a full merit scholarship.

Critics have raised concerns over favoritism or nepotism in Justice Thomas's selection of Clanton, especially given their personal relationship. However, the Supreme Court's new ethics code does not explicitly prohibit hiring someone accused of racism or a close family friend. The federal judicial code of conduct advises against such favoritism, but it is not binding for the Supreme Court. Clanton's appointment is viewed by some as a chance for redemption, emphasizing her resilience and character, which Justice Thomas himself noted when recommending her for a prior clerkship with Judge William H. Pryor Jr.

Clanton's story includes overcoming early family tragedy in Gurnee, Illinois, and building her career through connections she likely made while organizing the Young Women's Leadership Summit with Turning Point USA, where she met Ginni Thomas. Despite her past, Clanton is set to begin her high-profile clerkship this fall, marking Justice Thomas's 34th term on the high court.

In related political legal news, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has decided not to appeal a judge's ruling that could have delayed his upcoming trial on corruption charges. Set to begin on May 6, Menendez chose a speedy trial to establish his innocence after pleading not guilty. Investigators discovered gold bars and substantial amounts of cash during a search of Menendez's home, which prosecutors allege are part of bribes from three New Jersey businessmen in exchange for political favors. Although Judge Sidney H. Stein upheld the warrants for the searches as valid, Menendez challenged them under constitutional grounds but ultimately did not appeal before his trial.

Over $100,000 in gold bars and more than $480,000 in cash were reportedly hidden in Menendez's residence, with some items concealed in closets and a safe. The 70-year-old senator, who stepped down from his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following his arrest, claims the cash was personal savings. Menendez, along with his wife Nadine and two businessmen, pleaded not guilty to the charges. A third businessman has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution, which could prove pivotal in the trial.

Menendez is accused of accepting bribes, including gold bars and cash, from a real estate developer seeking his influence in a deal with a Qatari investment fund, and for assisting another associate in securing a contract with the Egyptian government. The trial's outcome could significantly impact the senator's political future and the broader political landscape.

Conservative Bias:

Ladies and gentlemen, what we've got here is a classic case of the liberal media trying to tear down one of the finest jurists this country has ever seen. Justice Clarence Thomas, a paragon of constitutional interpretation and conservative values, has chosen a clerk based on merit and potential, and the leftist mob can't handle it. They're dredging up a young woman's past, ignoring her achievements and the redemption she's earned. This is nothing but a witch hunt, aiming to smear Justice Thomas through guilt by association. Meanwhile, they turn a blind eye to the real corruption festering in their own backyard with Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat, who's practically got a Fort Knox in his closet! But no, let's focus on a text message from years ago rather than the blatant bribery and corruption happening right under our noses. This is the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the left, folks, where character assassination is fair game, but actual crimes are swept under the rug.

Liberal Bias:

Here we are again, witnessing the blatant cronyism and moral decay at the heart of the conservative establishment. Justice Clarence Thomas, in a flagrant display of nepotism, appoints a known racist as his clerk. This is a slap in the face to every principle of justice and equality the Supreme Court is supposed to uphold. Meanwhile, conservatives are silent on this travesty, instead trying to distract the public with the case of Senator Bob Menendez. Sure, Menendez may be embroiled in allegations of corruption, but let's not forget that this is a man who has pleaded not guilty and is demanding a speedy trial to clear his name. Unlike the right-wing, which seems to think it's acceptable to reward bigotry and personal connections over integrity. This is the conservative playbook: deflect, deny, and degrade the very foundations of our democracy, all while pretending to be the bastions of law and order. It's a disgrace, and it's time for the American people to see through these charades.

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