Justice Clarence Thomas blasted Democrats, including Joe Biden, for the sexual misconduct allegations launched against him during his 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Thomas makes the claims in a new documentary, saying that the “biggest impediment” to his life and legal career was not the KKK but the “modern-day liberal.”
“I felt as though in my life I had been looking at the wrong people as the people who would be problematic toward me,” Thomas says in the film “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” according to ABC News.
“We were told that, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be the bigot in the pickup truck; it’s gonna be the Klansmen; it’s gonna be the rural sheriff.’ But it turned out that through all of that, ultimately the biggest impediment was the modern-day liberal.”
Thomas said Democrats on the committee, which was headed by Biden, plotted against him “because they have one issue or because they have the power to caricature you.”
The film highlights Biden’s questioning of Anita Hill, a law professor who testified about Thomas’ alleged sexual harassment. Thomas has denied Hill’s allegations, which he characterized as a “high-tech lynching” during the nomination hearings.
“Do I have like stupid written on the back of my shirt? I mean, come on. We know what this is all about,” Thomas said in the film, alluding that the accusations were part of a sinister plot.
“People should just tell the truth: ‘This is the wrong black guy; he has to be destroyed.’ Just say it. Then now we’re at least honest with each other. The idea was to get rid of me. And then, after I was there, it was to undermine me.”
Thomas was confirmed in the Senate by a narrow 52–48 vote. The documentary is set to be released early in 2020.