Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took a dig at Democratic Senator Corey Booker for his headline-making self-title of “Spartacus” during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
During the hearing, Sen. Booker did what some would describe as grandstanding, announcing that he was going to release documents to the public, whether they were classified or not.
The documents that Booker did end up releasing were cleared for release by Republicans before he released them, and they did not have the desired negative effect on the Supreme Court nominee that he had hoped. In fact, they seemed to have a positive impact on Kavanaugh’s public perception.
Booker was trolled by multiple Washington insiders, not the least of which was Marco Rubio, who tweeted, “On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls. When informed days later that in fact the Roman Senate had already publicly released the scrolls, Crassus replied ‘Oh, ok, my bad.’”
On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls. When informed days later that in fact the Roman Senate had already publicly released the scrolls, Crassus replied “Oh, ok, my bad”.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 7, 2018
Probably the most scathing response, however, was from current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was asked about some of the topics that came up during the Senate confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.
Thomas debunked some of the issues that the senators seemed to put so much credence on, and gave his opinion on what makes a good Supreme Court Justice. Thomas doesn’t seem to believe that it has anything to do with being “Spartacus.”
As it turns out, he believes that the same thing that makes a good person, makes a good Justice: honor.
“I think what preserves our legitimacy is that we do our jobs honestly, we do it with integrity. We do it with an ethical foundation, a moral foundation. We follow the law, we live up to the oaths that we take. And I think brick by brick, we build the structure and fabric of a society,
“Not one of us can tear it down and build it up by ourselves. But you just think about it; how many people can you use, in leadership positions today … Honorable. Not ‘the honorable,’ ‘honorable.’
“If we could use that word about more people that are in the public light, the people that actually ask the questions about confirmation hearings.
“Not Spartacus,” Thomas said and was cut off by laughter.
After order was regained, he went on:
“If we could use the word ‘honorable’ more often, think about the difference it would make. Then you will have a legacy. We would have left the country in better shape, morally (and) structurally than we found it.”
From last week, Justice Clarence Thomas: "Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of 'Spartacus'…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2018