Clarence Thomas Full Interview: "We're Getting Quite Comfortable In Our Society Limiting Ideas"


Laura Ingraham interviews Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the Wednesday edition of her new FOX News show Ingraham Angle.

Thomas, who rarely gives interviews gave his take on the Constitution, Confederate statues, not being recognized at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, free speech, and more.

"Not really, people who cared about me obviously did," Thomas said about the museum slight. "I grew up in a time when I was just exposed to a wonderful range of ideas in a segregated library... I think we're getting quite comfortable in our society limiting ideas and exposure to ideas."

Thomas also explained how he makes a decision as a member of the Supreme Court.

"People have a tendency in sports to be outcome oriented," he said. "You want a particular outcome, you want to win the game. If the referees make a call consistent with the outcome you prefer, then you say the referee did a great job because that referee has somehow benefited or made possible the outcome you want. I think we have to be careful not to take outcomes that we want and backwash that into the process of decision making."

"You don't reach a decision and then force the process. You use a process and try to do it in a legitimate way. Again, something Justice Scalia and I agreed on. You don't justify the outcome; you reason to the outcome," Thomas said.

"Some people have decided that the Constitution isn't worth defending, that history isn't worth defending. Certainly if you're in my position, they have to be worth defending," Thomas said of principles and the Constitution. "That's what keeps you going, that's what energizes you... because what you're doing is so important and so critical to the things that matter."

Thomas also talked about the "unpleasantness" of his confirmation.

"I think we are called to do certain things," Thomas told Ingraham. :"When we do Wounded Warriors events or Wreaths Across America, what do you tell the widows, the families of the fallen? That you were too afraid to go through a little bit of uncertainty, a little bit of difficulty, to do a job like this? When they actually were in harm's way? What do you tell the young man who is a double amputee, because of war? That you were afraid to go through that? I don't think anyone would choose to go through unpleasantness, but if it has to be that, to do what is right, then so be it."

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