Clarence Thomas: Obama approved by ‘elites and the media’

The famously taciturn Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the only current black member of the court, said he is not surprised there’s a black president. But he knew that it would be one “approved by the elites, the media.”

“I guess I thought there would be black coaches, black heads of universities, maybe again, as I said, I’m naïve. But the thing I always knew it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites, the media, because anybody they didn’t agree with they would take apart,” Thomas said during an hour-long forum at Duquesne University’s law school in response to a moderator’s question of whether he was surprised that the was a black president.

“And that will happen with virtually– you pick your person. Any black person, who says something that is not a prescribed things that they expect from a black person, it 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.”

(The forum, held last month, April 9th, at Duquesne and aired on C-SPAN, is only now getting attention, as it was picked up Friday by liberal outlet Mother Jones and Thursday by conservative outlet Fox Nation.)

Thomas was asked about his relationship with President Barack Obama, the first black president, but Thomas said there wasn’t much more to it than having met him and shook hands — he said he had been “very polite.” The reason for the lack of a relationship, he said, is obvious — Thomas just doesn’t like politics.

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