SCOTUS clarifies Justice Clarence Thomas was not hospitalized with COVID

SCOTUS Makes Clarification on Justice Thomas, Sends the Left Into a Massive Tizzy

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was hospitalized on March 18th with “flu-like symptoms,” but was released from the hospital after being diagnosed with an infection.

Thomas, 73, was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., the court said.

“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two,” the statement read.

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court told CNN that Thomas’ illness “is not COVID related.”

“The Justice does not have COVID,” the spokesperson stated.

Like the other eight Supreme Court justices, Thomas has been ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID, and has also received ‘booster shots.’

While Justice Thomas will have to miss some oral arguments, the court said he will participate in cases that he cannot be physically present for through briefs, transcripts, and audio recordings. His temporary absence will not change the balance of the court.

According to reporting from ABC News:

Justice Clarence Thomas participated in arguments at the Supreme Court via telephone rather than in person on Monday [March 28th] following a hospital stay of nearly a week.

Chief Justice John Roberts said at the beginning of arguments that the 73-year-old Thomas would be “participating remotely this morning,” but did not say why.

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Thomas missed all three days of arguments last week while he was hospitalized, although he is planning to take part in the decisions, Roberts said.

When news of Thomas’ hospitalization broke, conservatives took to Twitter to express their concern and prayers for the Supreme Court Justice.

“Join me in praying for a quick recovery for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who was hospitalized on Friday with an infection,” wrote evangelical leader Franklin Graham.

“Pray for Clarence Thomas. The single best Justice we could ever dream of. May the legend live to see his 200th birthday!” said Tennessee congressional candidate Robby Starbuck.

Justice Thomas has earned his reputation as the most reliable conservative voice on the Supreme Court, becoming hated by the left just as much as he is beloved by the right.

The Blaze reports:

He has served on the Supreme Court since 1991, when he was nominated by President George H. W. Bush. His confirmation hearings, led by then-Senator Joe Biden, were highly contentious and intensely fought. Democrats featured testimony from attorney Anita Hill, who alleged that Thomas had sexually harassed her and made unwanted romantic overtures towards her. Republicans accused Hill and witnesses on her behalf of fabricating the allegations to stop the appointment of a black conservative to the Supreme Court. Speaking for himself, Thomas famously called the confirmation hearings a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves.”

As Thomas recovers from his illness, the Senate Judiciary Committee is currently in the process of conducting confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Joe Biden has nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black woman to serve on the high court.

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