Flashback: Vile Columnist Smeared Clarence Thomas: Just Like KKK’s David Duke

We’re now two weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, returning the issue of abortion to the states. But the leftist entertainers, journalists, and others are continuing to spew hate. Bette Midler (an aging celebrity) compared Clarence Thomas, Clarence Thomas and the other Court conservatives as Islamic extremists this week. 

It was 31 years ago that the most horrible and disgusting attack against Thomas surfaced. Appearing on the July 7, 1991 edition of Inside Washington, the late Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carl Rowan snarled at Thomas’s nomination: “Clarence Thomas is the best only at his ability to bootlick for Ronald Reagan and George Bush…They didn’t pick him because he was black. They picked him because he’s a black conservative.” 

The Black conservative then was compared to KKK member David Duke.



And the thing that bothers me about this appointment: If they had put David Duke on, I wouldn’t scream as much. They would see David Duke as a person and not be able to accept him. If you gave Clarence Thomas a little flour on his face, you’d think you had David Duke talking.”

In 1991 also USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds spat venom: “If Hugo Black, who once was a member of the KKK, could become a distinguished liberal justice, there is a hope that a Negro can turn black.” For more of the hate from Thomas’s confirmation hearings, see this NewsBusters study. 

The rage and vile attacks against Clarence Thomas aren’t new. These are still disgusting. 

More examples are available from the NewsBusters Time Machine weekly flashback series. Click here

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