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GULFPORT (2010-2-2) – During an appearance today at Stetson Law School in Gulfport, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says he intentionally skipped the President’s State of the Union speech last week – and he’s glad he did.
“I don’t go because it has become so partisan, and it’s very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there. And there’s a lot you don’t hear on T.V. – the catcalls, the whooping and hollering, under-the-breath comments,” Thomas said.
“So we decided not to go. Some members continued to go and that’s fine, but one of the consequences is that now the court becomes part of the conversation, if you want to call it that, in the speech,” he said.
Thomas is talking about Justice Samuel Alito’s who shook his head appeared to mouth the words “not true” as the President criticized the court’s recent decision on Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, a decision allowing more corporate money into political campaigns.
Can’t say as I blame either of them – Alito for shaking his head and Thomas for not attending. What kind of President disrespects the SCOTUS in a formal setting, knowing full well that they have no choice but to not respond? Oh, that’s right. This one.
WTSP has more on Justice Thomas’ visit to Stetson Law School here.