The comments come in the context of liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, and President Biden’s vow to only consider black women for the open seat on the bench.
Hostin made her remarks during a discussion with the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View.”
Sunny: Clarence Thomas isn’t representing the Black community
Clarence Thomas’ wife is a far-right activist, according to new reporting. Ginni works closely with several groups that have been directly affected by controversial Court cases (Report from The New Yorker).#TheView pic.twitter.com/PGKRyXNsZb
— The Chat (@LiveOnTheChat) January 27, 2022
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Hostin: Clarence Thomas’s ideas don’t ‘really represent the black community’
Co-host Sara Haines said, “Considering the uneven kind of court we have right now, it’s so important that this is happening in a time where we can get another liberal, and of course, the representation more than anything, you pointed out, first black woman.”
“There’s only been two black men,” Haines added. “Those numbers are a little shocking.”
Thurgood Marshall served as a Justice from 1967 to 1991 and Clarence Thomas has served since 1991.
Ironically, Joe Biden was joined by the Democrats to fight hard for Thomas’s removal from the Supreme Court in his confirmation hearings.
Hostin jumped in to say, “And one doesn’t really represent the black community.”
Joy Behar said, “No. Oh, Clarence.”
Haines continued, “But my whole point is that additional diversity I think is important that I just noticed as we talked about this, is when they talk about a potential justice, we talk about the Ivy League. It’s always the Ivy League. Like right now everybody is in Harvard except Amy Coney Barrett who is Notre Dame.”
‘Oh, Clarence’: ‘The View’ Trots Out Racist Trope, Claiming Justice Clarence Thomas ‘Doesn’t Really Represent The Black Community’ https://t.co/106ZfT2xQX pic.twitter.com/NTjJDQaWTU
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 27, 2022
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Hostin: ‘It’s terribly disrespectful to appoint someone like Clarence Thomas with his philosophies to the seat of Thurgood Marshall’
Hostin replied, “It’s terribly disrespectful to appoint someone like Clarence Thomas with his philosophies to the seat of Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights activist. Also with his wife’s activities involving the insurrection.”
New Yorker reports that Ginni, the wife of Supreme Court justice Ginni, has posted support via Facebook for protests in January 6.
This idea that black Americans need to align with Democratic or Progressive principles isn’t new to the left.
During the 2020 election, Joe Biden created controversy when he said during an interview, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”