Judge Thomas said the left had adopted tactics that conservatives would not employ.
“You would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices when things didn’t go our way,” he said. “We didn’t throw tantrums. It is up to us to always act appropriately and not give an eye for an eye.”
He added that conservatives “never destroyed a Supreme Court candidate.” He acknowledged that Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s third nominee for the Supreme Court, “was not heard, but he was not defeated.”
“You will not see the total destruction of a single candidate,” he said. “You also won’t see people going to other people’s houses, attacking them at a dinner in a restaurant, throwing things at them.”
He said Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was subjected to private abuse, but he only briefly referred to his own brutal confirmation hearings, during which he angrily denied allegations of sexual harassment.
Taking sides on a disputed point, Judge Thomas said the Senate Republicans who blocked Garland’s nomination were following a rule that President Biden, then a senator, had proposed, “which is you have no hearing in the last year of a government.” ”.
Judge Thomas, the most senior member of the current court, has been a fierce opponent of Roe.
On Friday, he said opposition to his 1991 nomination was “by those people who were trying to keep me out of court because of abortion.”
At his confirmation hearings, however, he said, to the astonishment of many, that he had never discussed Roe, even though it was issued while he was a student at Yale Law School.