Clarence Thomas to swear in Mike Pence at inauguration

WASHINGTON — Very much buried in the rubble of this weekend’s John Lewis – Donald Trump spat was news that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would administer the oath of office to Vice President-elect Mike Pence at Friday’s inauguration.

The Pin Point native will become the first-ever African American to swear in a VP, according to Trump’s inaugural committee.

I have long admired Justice Clarence Thomas and deeply respect his judicial philosophy, dedication to the rule of law, and his historic service on the bench of our nation’s highest court,” Pence said in a statement. 

Thomas, one of the most conservative voices on the high court, recently celebrated his 25th year on the bench. He’s now served longer than the justice he replaced, Thurgood Marshall, who was the court’s first black jurist.

While the Supreme Court’s chief justice always swears in the president-elect on the inauguration stage, it’s common for more junior justices to do the honors for the vice president. Joe Biden’s oaths in 2009 and 2013 were administered by liberal Justices John Paul Stevens and Sonia Sotomayor, respectively.

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Israel Asher
Israel Asher

he is no Thurgood Marshall nor a decent justice

Paulette Scott
Paulette Scott

how soon we for get his wife work for the bush and because of this Algor lost the election

Wilma Hardin
Wilma Hardin

Why you can't do that ?you are Racist remember Thank you sir! Yes Mr Thomas is a fine black man. Thank you Mr Thomas

Pat Pearson McCall
Pat Pearson McCall

Apparently quite a few of you are either too young to know Clarence's history.

Jean Shamon
Jean Shamon

So glad Thomas is swearing in Pence! Great Justice!

John Staudt
John Staudt

I just looked up "Uncle Tom" and there was a picture of Clarence Thomas.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Watch all the black on black love with this announcement. Hahahahahahahahaha quality entertainment. No John Lews, Hank Johnson, or Elija Cummings supporters now? Hahahahahahahah just read these comments.

Samuel Bart Bell
Samuel Bart Bell

Uncle Thomas gets used as pander bear, could be the headline.

Debra B Jones
Debra B Jones

I would NEVER have expected anyone else. This man hates himself! A waste of a good screw!!!

Brenda Goodman
Brenda Goodman

Thomas has been anti-black all his career and he probably voted for Trump. I have no respect for him.

Dawn Keels
Dawn Keels

I'm definitely not a Pence supporter but this doesn't seem like his MO. He is just taking orders from his boss.

Linda Lawson
Linda Lawson

Reporter....justice thomas what are ur thoughts on the fifth amendment right Thomas...Ummmmmmmmmm Reporter...what are ur thoughts on the constitution Thomas...Ummmmmmmmmm Reporter...what are ur thoughts on the travon martin case Thomas...Ummmmmmmmmm Wait for it

Ruby Cooper
Ruby Cooper

We need peace in thus country and the world and unless drop hate- will not have it!

Pat Lochen
Pat Lochen

This is great Mr Thomas is now the only true judge in the Supreme Court now

Vicky Avila
Vicky Avila

Hey people. Clarence Thomas his not a good men. I remember on the 90s what he did

Ruby Cooper
Ruby Cooper

Shows blacks and whites CAN get along and respect each other !

David Gaines
David Gaines

I was hoping it would be Steve Harvey doing it so he could make a mistake and swear in Hillary!

Shar Marzan
Shar Marzan

Hope the bible doesn't catch on \U0001f525. Pence works for the devil now.

Dexter Porter
Dexter Porter

Clarence Thomas is a smart and well accomplished judge and I mean that. However some do like their colored folks not to be to out spoken and know their place. If you were born between 1925 to 1969 in the South that's called "that boy is being uppity." I cite GA Congressman Lynn Westmoreland example is the use of the term towards President Obama. But as I said you can't take away they fact is is a judge on the hugest court but when Marshall died I recall some of the same persons that lean right saying awful things about him. This is just were we are in America, we don't talk anymore, just attack, especially from the safety of the keyboard. Just wait and see the response to this thread post. So everyone that hated Judge Marshall why and those that hate Thomas why?

Sherry Ann Gaughan
Sherry Ann Gaughan

I didn't know Judge Marshall so cannot address that, but Judge Thomas is an honorable man who has used his education and his wisdom to make America a better place.

Gerdy Brähmer Proffitt
Gerdy Brähmer Proffitt

This is why blacks will never be equal, they destroy their own for being successful. If the black community doesn't change their tune they will never overcome anything.

Casandra Curry
Casandra Curry

Get a job at Hallmark thanks for your words!\U0001f644

Sherry Garner
Sherry Garner

When did you become God? Try again and be informed before you preach about what the black people should do! Shame on you!

Casandra Curry
Casandra Curry

Corey Chastang Tartt exactly!!!! Apparently she's better at it ....Can't have anything!!!

Timothy L. Brightharp
Timothy L. Brightharp

Nobody is destroying him, they're just pointing out the facts. Thanks for thinking blacks will NEVER be equal.

Corey Chastang Tartt
Corey Chastang Tartt

Thank you for your advise on how to live a successful life as a black American. Clearly, you have far more experience than the rest of us and clearly you understand our issues and struggles far better than we do.

Betty Hogan
Betty Hogan

Yep Thomas is a great man. Everyone should e proud of his accomplishments

Lynette Bailey
Lynette Bailey

Greedy Brahmer Proffitt, equal to what? Clarence Thomas is in the same boat as Trump. Demonizing women for their own sexual gratification. Anita Hill wasn't lying on him, she didn't want him. All communities will never overcome, whites, Germans, etc. No communities are equally yoked. There will always be the haves and the havenots.

Pauline Hugan
Pauline Hugan

Clarence Thomas don't let them suck you into it even though I know you are a traitor.

Junior Hodge
Junior Hodge

That's why blackmen should stay the hell away from them.