Antonin Scalia’s funeral has yet to pass, and already some people are hoping U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ death will be next. Out of the nine justices, Scalia was known as being one of the most conservatives voices, and his dissenting opinions were often celebrated by supporters. With so many important decision coming up before the Court in 2016, some liberals and progressives began wishing and hoping that Thomas would also die, making the outcome of the Court’s rulings an almost near certainty.
Even before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, liberals were already calculating “for the sake of grim fun” how long it might be before conservative justices might die.
“What are the odds that it will be Justice Scalia? How likely is it that two conservatives will die?” asked Slate.
The odds of Scalia dying by 2017 was calculated at around 19 percent by the news site. Justice Thomas has a 11 percent chance of meeting the grim reaper, but Justices Kennedy and Ginsberg are believed to have the greatest chance of dying soon.
Less than a day after Scalia passed away in his sleep due to natural causes, some people on social media were already hoping another conservative justice might die soon. The idea that Clarence Thomas’ death may be around the corner was wished for by so many people that his name began to trend on Twitter.
Wait…why is Clearance Thomas trending??????????
— LMR (@LilMissRightie) February 14, 2016
The Twitter trend was confusing to some, since there has not been any major news related to Thomas in a while.
If he dies during Black History Month, I’ll never question God again. RT @Deprogrammer9: Fingers crossed Clarence Thomas is next!
— Chaka de la Meow (@ChakaSwan) February 13, 2016
This is going to sound cold, but one down, one to go. Uncle Ruckkus (Clarence Thomas) needs to go next. Then our country can start healing.
— George freeman (@Numbers28) February 14, 2016
It may not be surprising to see awkward comments on social media, but many were dismayed when even the Washington Post ran this headline.
— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) February 14, 2016
Critics of Thomas have called the black Supreme Court justice many things in the past. For example, George Takei once called Thomas a “clown in blackface,” while others called him an “Uncle Tom” for his stance on affirmative action, which Thomas compared to slavery and segregation.
“Although cloaked in good intentions, the University’s racial tinkering harms the very people it claims to be helping,” wrote Thomas. “Slaveholders argued that slavery was a ‘positive good’ that civilized blacks and elevated them in every dimension of life. A century later, segregationists similarly asserted that segregation was not only benign, but good for black students… I think the lesson of history is clear enough: Racial discrimination is never benign.”
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Still, the concept of openly wishing Clarence Thomas dead en masse is new. One explanation for this fervent wishing is the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court will be making several consequential rulings in 2016. The Court will be hearing cases on not only affirmative action, they are also tackling hot button political issues like the States’ ability to restrict abortion. The courts have also challenged whether President Obama can legally delay the deportation of illegal immigrants, and there’s even talk of a major gun control law for so-called assault weapons being seen by the Court.
Based upon the current makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s possible many of these cases may lead to a split decision of four to four. But there are two scenarios where a liberal majority in the U.S. Supreme Court would hold sway.
If President Obama manages to get his nominee chosen, then rulings are likely to swing in the favor of liberals and progressives. Even if Republicans were to filibuster the nomination process until 2017, Thomas’ death would leave a liberal majority which would surely make several major decisions for the entire United States. Needless to say, conservatives are hoping and praying neither one of these scenarios play out in 2016.
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