U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Thomas: Any black president must be approved by 'elites'

Justice Clarence Thomas says he expected to see a black president win election in his lifetime, as long as the candidate got the approval of “the elites and the media.”

Thomas offered his views in comments at Duquesne Law School last month that are just now being picked up by the media. Fox Nation, Mother Jones and TPM report on the panelist’s question and Thomas’ answer, from a video posted to YouTube on Friday.

Q: “Did you ever expect to see an African American president during your lifetime?”

THOMAS: “Oh yeah, I guess I’ve always thought there would be black coaches, heads of universities—maybe again as I said I’m naïve but the thing I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media because anybody that they didn’t agree with, they would take apart. And that will happen with virtually —you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart. You can pick anybody, don’t pick me, pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it; there’s a price to pay. So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.”

Thomas said he has not spoken with the president except in passing. “I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite,” Thomas said, “but I’ve had no in depth conversation.”

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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