— Clarence Thomas, 09/10/91
"The Clarence I know was certainly capable not only of doing the things that Anita Hill said he did, but it would be totally consistent with the way he lived his personal life then," said Lillian McEwen, who dated Thomas from 1979 through the mid-1980s and is writing a book.This wacky stunt should sell a few more.
"Religiosity" contributed to apology demand
Clarence Thomas told the U.S. Senate in 1991 that he'd never once "debated the contents" of Roe v. Wade, even though it was decided while he was in law school. The claim was greeted with disbelief.
"The case that I remember being discussed most during law school was Griswold," Thomas said. As among the most significant contents of Roe v. Wade is Griswold, the denial is awfully hard to swallow.
Thomas performed a lot of backpedaling away from many previously enunciated radical views of the law and his confirmation vote was so close (52-48) that it's not inconceivable some of that support derived from sympathy for what Thomas called his "high-tech lynching."
So perhaps the couple should be grateful to Anita Hill.
Related: Ginny Thomas is pretty out there with the wing-nuts
And: Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls You