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Was Clarence Thomas Fooling Us Then or Now?

Posted on AllSides June 12th, 2024
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Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty Images

If there is one thing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas claims to believe, it’s that words matter.

As the court’s leading originalist, he insists that he can identify definite meanings from the opaque language of the Constitution, which was written in 1787. When it comes to his own financial disclosures, however, Thomas evidently expects us to forget what he said just last year, no matter how definitive it seemed at the time, in favor of a flatly contradictory new explanation. Although he is adamant in rejecting a “living Constitution,” he...

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