(JustPatriots.com)- A petition by a public advocacy group to impeach Justice Clarence Thomas has netted 1.1 million signatures. The group, MoveOn, is aiming for 200,000 more signatures calling for the resignation or impeachment of the Justice.
“Thomas’ failure to recuse himself warrants immediate investigation and heightened alarm. And it’s only the latest in a long history of conflicts of interest in the service of a right-wing agenda and mixing his powerful role with his conservative political activism,” the petition states.
The petition came before the ruling on abortion but came amidst a list of controversial stances that the Justice has taken that has sparked anger and outrage from the country’s left-wing faction. Since the Court ruled against Roe, the petition continued to pick up steam.
Recently, the Justice voted with the majority of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that claimed that abortion was a constitutional right protected by the 14th Amendment. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruled against Roe, arguing that abortion is not considered a right steeped in the nation’s history or tradition; however, as the opinion asserts, the Constitution also does not prohibit the states from regulating abortion and Roe prevented them from doing just that. In effect, abortion is back in the hands of the state.
After the ruling, Thomas has come out against the flimsy legal argument embedded in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that the fundamental right to marry is extended to same-sex couples. Thomas, not arguing against same-sex marriage, was against the argument that justified it: substantive due process, which holds that the fifth and fourteenth amendments protect fundamental rights that may not be enumerated in the Constitution.
Thomas was nominated to the Court by George H. W. Bush to fill the seat left vacant by Thurgood Marshall, where he faced hearings that accused him of sexual misconduct. Led by Joe Biden, Thomas called the hearings a “high tehc lynching.”
“This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace,” Thomas said during the hearing. “It is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”