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Justice Clarence Thomas: Washington Is Broken

| by Ray Brown

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is known for his silence on the bench, but he spoke out to say he thinks Washington, D.C., needs to be fixed.

"The city is broken in some ways," Thomas said during a function at the Heritage Foundation, according to Bloomberg. "At some point, we have got to recognize that we’re destroying our institutions."

He added: "I don’t think people owe us, reflexively, confidence. I think it’s something we earn. Perhaps we should ask ourselves what have we done to not earn it or earn it."

Although Thomas didn't directly reference the Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to hold a vote on the nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, he said people are being too stubborn and “aren't thinking things through,” according to CNN.

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"We have decided rather than confront disagreements and the differences of opinion, we will simply annihilate the person who disagrees," Thomas said.

Later in the program, Thomas gave a few thoughts on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, including a joke about its name.

"It seems like a misnomer considering all the things that are going on," Thomas said, referring to the  increases on premiums that will be implemented in 2017.

Thomas was one of three justices, along with Samuel Alito and Scalia, who dissented against the Obamacare ruling in the landmark Supreme Court decision on the law's constitutionality, according to CNN.

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Thomas also gave a few humorous anecdotes about Scalia.

According to Bloomberg, Scalia leaned over to Thomas during a Supreme Court decision and complained that the precedent being discussed was one of the worst he had heard.

Thomas reminded him: “Nino, you wrote it.”

Sources: Bloomberg, CNN (2) / Photo Credit: Cknight70/Flickr

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