AOC Renews Calls For Clarence Thomas To Resign From SCOTUS, This Time Over Luxury Gifts From GOP Megadonor

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attends a news conference with Democratic lawmakers about the Biden administrations border politics, outside the U.S. Capitol on January 26, 2023 in ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attends a news conference with Democratic lawmakers about the Biden administrations border politics, outside the U.S. Capitol on January 26, 2023 in Washington, DC. A group of 77 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week criticizing his administrations policies restricting asylum access for migrants crossing the southern border. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be impeached Thursday after a bombshell report exposed that he’d received gifts, including years of luxury trips, from a billionaire Republican megadonor — and didn’t disclose them.

“This is beyond party or partisanship. This degree of corruption is shocking — almost cartoonish,” she tweeted on Thursday. “Thomas must be impeached.”

“Barring some dramatic change, this is what the Roberts court will be known for: rank corruption, erosion of democracy, and the stripping of human rights,” she continued.

A ProPublica investigation published Thursday morning revealed that the conservative justice had accepted extravagant gifts from Harlan Crow, a Texas real estate magnate who’s donated millions of dollars to groups devoted to the conservative legal movement.

“For more than two decades, Thomas has accepted luxury trips virtually every year from the Dallas businessman without disclosing them, documents and interviews show,” the report said.

Thomas has reportedly taken trips around the world on Crow’s superyacht and private jet, and has joined Crow at Bohemian Grove, an exclusive all-male retreat in California, and Camp Topridge, Crow’s private upstate New York resort boasting more than 25 fireplaces and a lifesize replica of Hagrid’s hut.

This isn’t the first time AOC has gone after Thomas: Last March, the New York Democrat called for him to resign after news reports revealed that his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, urged then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to help overturn the 2020 presidential election.

She was echoing similar calls from fellow left-wing House Dems, including Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Both joined a rally outside the Supreme Court last July to call for Thomas’s impeachment, citing his wife’s longstanding involvement with the conservative movement. 

“Our failure to hold him accountable will further delegitimize the court and will embolden other justices to act in lockstep with his actions,” Omar said at the rally.

Any effort to impeach Thomas would face little hope in the GOP-controlled House. Key Senate Democrats have also poured cold water on the prospect. 

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) described an impeachment last July as “not realistic” and “a mistake,” but also said that Thomas should show “good judgment.”

“If this court is going to be credible, it has to be as apolitical as possible,” he said.

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  1. Yep. Hopefully they impeach him if/when the DP retakes the House. I mean it’s possible that there are still a few members left in the GOP Congress that are willing to root out blatant corruption like this…although, frankly, most of them have been booted from the GOP or left on their own at this point.

  2. No 2/3 vote to convict in the senate. His health will have to go downhill to get rid of this horror of a justice. We can thank Papa Bush for this appointment.

  3. Uh, please don’t “No” me, Willis, when you’re fighting with your own shadows…

  4. Unfounately, this has to come from democratic senators or it is a non-starter. Lets see if the story has legs. It really should be all over the MSM. It’s a big scandal although no one should be surprised that Thomas is corrupt.

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