Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave a rare interview on Wednesday for “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.
Thomas is a dependable constitutional conservative on the bench, nominated by George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Ingraham asked Thomas about his feelings on some of the recent racially charged controversies in the U.S., starting with Thomas’ exclusion from the Smithsonian’s new African American History Museum.
Some critics claim that Thomas was excluded for his conservative leanings on the court. Ingraham asked if his exclusion made him upset. While he replied in the negative, he said that society, in general, is being more closed off to diverse ideas:
“Not really, I mean, people who cared about me did, but no, not really. I grew up in a time where I was exposed to a wonderful range of ideas…and we’re getting quite comfortable in our society limiting ideas and exposure to ideas. And maybe [his exclusion from the museum] is a symptom of it I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s good for the next generation and people who will be learning.”
Ingraham went on to ask how he felt about Confederate statues being taken down across the U.S. Thomas gave a wonderful defense of the statues, saying:
“I think that today we seem to think that everything has to be one size fits all and people can’t have opinions that make us uncomfortable, or ideas that make us uncomfortable- that we don’t agree with.”
Check out the full interview here- Clarence Thomas has giving very few interviews in his 26 year career on the court- so this is definitely one to watch!