Hillary Clinton, who has known Clarence Thomas since law school, says he is a person of ‘resentment, grievance, anger’

Side by side images of Hillary Clinton and Clarence Thomas.Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue. Right: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

  • Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas has been “a person of grievance” since they were in law school.

  • Clinton’s remarks were made on “CBS This Morning” in a discussion about Roe v. Wade.

  • She said he’s “signaled” to “lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up.”

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas, who she’s known since they were at Yale Law School together in the ’60s, has always been a “person of grievance.”

“I went to law school with him. He’s been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him,” Clinton said Tuesday during an interview on “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King. “Resentment, grievance, anger,” she added.


In a concurring opinion released when the Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Thomas wrote “we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents” for rulings that granted individuals the right to birth control access, intimate gay relationships, and same-sex marriage.

“He may be on his own, but he’s signaling,” Clinton said of Thomas. “He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up,” she added.

Clinton argued Thomas is telling far-right conservative judges and state legislators: “I may not get them the first, the second, or the third time, but we’re going to keep at it.”

“Women are going to die, Gayle. Women will die,” Clinton said speaking of the repeal of Roe.

“I don’t care what political party or religion you are — the question is, who decides? Is the government going to be in your bedroom? Is the government going to be making these decisions? We’re only at the beginning of this terrible travesty that this court has inflicted on us,” Clinton said.

Thomas, whose wife, Ginni, has been criticized for her role in the events leading up to the January 6 attack, is facing calls for impeachment.

The Supreme Court did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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