Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told his associates in the 90s that he wanted to serve for 43 years to make the lives of liberals ‘miserable’

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  • In a 1993 New York Times article, a former associate at Clarence Thomas said he harbored resentment toward liberals.
  • The Conservative Supreme Court judge was angry over the media coverage of his confirmation hearing.
  • “The Liberals made my life miserable … and I want to make their lives miserable,” NYT said.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told his lawyers he intended to serve on the nation’s Supreme Court to make the life of liberals “miserable,” according to a 1993 New York Times report.

Thomas, who was confirmed in the Supreme Court in 1991 during controversial confirmation hearings, resented the media coverage surrounding his appointment. Central to the hearings were allegations and testimony of alleged sexual harassment by one of his subordinates, Anita Hill, who accused the judge of repeated, unwanted sexual approaches and inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

He was eventually confirmed with a 52-48 vote.

In a conversation with his associate attorney two years after his confirmation, The New York Times reported that Thomas expressed his desire to serve in court until the year 2034.

“The Liberals made my life miserable for 43 years,” a former clerk Thomas – who was 43 years old when he was confirmed – recalled, according to The New York Times. “And I will make their lives miserable for 43 years.”

Thomas, considered the most conservative judge on the court, on Friday joined the majority opinion, which overturned federal abortion protections established in Roe v. Wade. In a concurrent statement, Thomas indicated that he also believes the Supreme Court should “reconsider” rulings from the Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell cases, which established the federal right to use contraception and legalized gay activities and gay marriage, respectively.

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