As Clarence Thomas faces scrutiny over his wife’s communications about the 2020 election and calls by some Democrats for him to resign, he’s receiving wholehearted endorsement from one of the political left’s most revered figures.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was at the annual convention of the progressive American Constitution on Thursday when she was asked how she – an appointee of Barack Obama – manages to get along with conservative colleagues such as Thomas.
She said she probably has disagreed with Thomas in court opinions more than with any other justice.
“Yet Justice Thomas is the one justice in the building that literally knows every employee’s name. Every one of them,” she said.
“And not only does he know their names, he remembers their family’s names and their histories,” Sotomayor continued. “He’s the first one who will go up to someone when you’re walking with him and say, ‘Is your son OK?’ ‘How’s your daughter doing in college?’”
She said Thomas was “the first one that when my stepfather died sent me flowers in Florida.”
“He is a man who cares deeply about the court as an institution, about the people who work there. But about people.”
Sotomayor characterized her ideological differences, saying Thomas has “a different vis…