The Menlo Roundtable

Politicized Supreme Court

It’s not every day that the wife of a Supreme Court Justice connives to overturn a presidential election.

When it was unveiled that Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife helped orchestrate the January 6 insurrection—much less sent more than two-dozen text messages to the former Trump White House chief of staff encouraging him to annul the election—another fissure opened in the Court’s veneer of impartiality. Justice Thomas then refused to recuse himself from any cases related to election integrity, breaching the institution’s statute of self-disqualification when a Justice’s “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” Thomas embarrassed the neutral foundation of the Court. Notwithstanding, the evidence of a biased Court has been brewing quietly for years, but recent activity has mushroomed its partisanship to a magnitude that can no longer be ignored.

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