FLASHBACK: Clarence Thomas Called His Confirmation Hearings a ‘High Tech Lynching’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas raises his right hand as he is sworn in 10 September 1991, during confirmation hearings before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington,DC. (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)
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During his 1991 confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas summed up the tactics employed against him by describing them as a “high tech lynching.”

On 11, 1991, CNN quoted an exchange between Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Thomas, wherein Thomas said, “Senator I’d like to begin by saying unequivocally, uncategorically, that I deny each and every single allegation against me today that suggested in any way that I had conversations of a sexual nature or about pornographic material with Anita Hill; that I ever attempted to date her, that I ever had any personal, sexual interested in her, or that I in any way ever harassed her.”

He continued:

A second, and I think more important point, I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America. This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this committee and this body validated it and displayed it primetime over our entire nation. How would any member on this committee, any person in this room, or any person in this country…like sleaze said about him or her in this fashion?

Thomas said, “The Supreme Court is not worth it.” He described the hijacked confirmation process as “a circus, a national disgrace.” He then added, “And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high tech lynching.”

As Kavanaugh defended his honor before the Senate committee September 27, he responded with righteous indignation reminiscent of Thomas. CBS News quoted Kavanaugh describing the tactics used against him as “grotesque and coordinated character assassination” and predicted that those tactics will “dissuade competent and good people from all persuasions” from striving to achieve higher positions in office or jurisprudence.

Kavanaugh described the tactics against him as part of a “calculated and orchestrated political hit.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


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