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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

AP sees Trump as a puppet of Clarence Thomas

Forget Putin. Mark Sherman of the Associated Press has found a new master for President Donald Trump.

Justice Clarence Thomas.

Sherman wrote, "Twenty-two Thomas clerks, roughly 20 percent of the people who have snagged coveted jobs in his Supreme Court office since 1991, either hold political appointments in the Trump administration or have been nominated to judgeships by Trump."

While hiring people who clerked for a Supreme Court is common, Sherman warned, "the sheer number of Thomas clerks in the administration does appear to be unusual. The 70-year-old justice's opinions in favor of gun rights and in other areas generally align with Trump's views and administration policies."

Oh no, Thomas believes the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed!

What a nut job, right?

Sherman wrote, "Trump's choice of Neomi Rao as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is illustrative of how former Thomas clerks also are shaping administration policy. Rao was a well-regarded critic of Obama-era regulations who had founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University in Virginia with backing from the Koch brothers."

She criticized Obama. How could President Trump hire someone like that?

But the real peril is the appointment of Thomas's former law clerks as judges.

"Allison Eid, 53, a Thomas clerk at the same time Kavanaugh and Gorsuch worked for Kennedy, now holds the seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that was Gorsuch's until he joined the high court. David Stras, 44, a clerk in 2002 and 2003, sits on the St. Louis-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and James Ho, 45, who worked for Thomas in 2005 and 2006, is a judge on the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit," Shjerman wrote.

"Some of those clerks are now recycling Thomas' words in their work. Ho, who became a judge in January, cited several of his former boss' complaints that gun rights enshrined in the Second Amendment don't have the same status as other constitutional rights. "Yet the Second Amendment continues to be treated as a 'second-class' right — as at least three Justices have noted in recent years," Ho wrote in his own dissent from his court's decision not to give a new hearing to a challenge to a federal ban on interstate gun sales. The other two justices Ho referred to are Gorsuch and Scalia, who joined different Thomas opinions."

How dare a federal appeals judge quote a Supreme Court justice!

The real story here is that conservatives over the decades finally groomed their own judicial appointees. Part of that preparation to hold a judgeship is clerk for conservative justices.

Thanks to Mitch McConnell. President Trump has a plentiful number of vacancies to fill.

Already, 24 of the nation's 179 appellate judges are Trump appointees with 10 waiting on deck for confirmation.

At this point in his presidency, Obama had 16 appellate judges confirmed and would not reach No. 24 until the next May. He had only 30 confirmed in his first term, 25 in his second.


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  1. But wait--isn't Trump a virulent racist? How could this be possible?

    And isn't he Putin's puppet, too?

    How can he be the puppet of two men with such diametrically opposite points of view?

    These liberal media dolts can't keep their narratives straight. Thanks for reading their garbage so that we don't have to.

    1. This means that Thomas is a puppet of Putin. Thomas is Putin’s conduit to Trump!

    2. Of course he's a racist, along with being a virulent misogynist: just ask Nikki Haley, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Sanders,...

  2. Only a small fraction of the very best law school graduates are selected as SCOTUS clerks. That Trump is selecting appointees with that on their resume is proof he is appointing the best qualified people.

    Clerking is not just something prestigious on a resume.
    Unlike Harvard or Yale Law Review, the clerks are working on real cases and they help to write SCOTUS decisions.

  3. I liked the bit about how Thomas' positions in favor of gun rights align with Trump's views. Remember during the primaries how the NeverTrump RINO's told us that Trump was against the 2nd Amendment?


    1. “And if Donald Trump becomes president, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Constitution, because it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not a conservative,” -- Ted Cruz

  4. Hey, Mark Sherman.

    Here’s a nickel. Get yourself a better therapist.

  5. I am in favor of revoking tax exempt status from everything. Sooner or later it may happen in order to save social security and medicare. It would be nice if things like the AP could go into the fire a couple of years before churches.

  6. No wonder the LibCommies undertook their high-tech lynching of Justice Thomas. They knew what would happen if he was confirmed. Oh, and Anita Hill? Teaching at Brandeis, about as liberal a college as you’ll find. She’ll go to her grave with The Big Lie. And this story first came to light when someone leaked an interview she’d done with the FBI. More mud from The Swamp.

    1. "They knew what would happen if he was confirmed."

      I doubt they held Thomas, a black man, in high regard. They treat people of color as their pets. They never think of them as their equals, only their inferiors. Thomas is the most intellectually dominant justice on the court.

  7. To Mark and his JournoList ginned up story of perpetual Thomas hate: "Elections have consequences, you lost, get over it."

  8. I see that AP is returning to the far left commentary of which they are so well known no facts, no truth just a feeling from a third rate journalist. Someday the quality of journalism may improve but as long as AP exist the bottom of the barrel and least intelligent will still have employment.

  9. They wrote a Dossier on Justice Thomas, too. That's what Lilliputians do to giants.

  10. How can I be a racist old white guy when two of my greatest heroes are Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell?

  11. Same here - and as to Justice Thomas being Trump's mentor - Why wasn't Clarence Thomas the "First Black President", now THAT would have been a reason to celebrate.

  12. Now you know why POTUS Trump keeps stirring the lefts pot with his tweets.He is changing the high courts to conservative and this Sherman dude just now takes notice,Ah but to late.