(PresidentialInsider.com)- Justice Clarence Thomas is at the height of his influence, despite the constant attacks from the left, according to some experts speaking to Fox News. While the centrist opinions of Chief Justice Roberts has been criticized by conservatives, Thomas remains an unmoving and fierce force in the movement, standing true behind conservative principles and values.
Thomas’s mounting influence has come at the heels of the left who have wasted no time vilifying him since 1980. Thomas served as the chair for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Reagan administration before being nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991 to succeed Justice Thurgood Marshall. He was then accused of sexual assault as part of a Democratic offensive to prevent him from being nominated to the Court.
His most recent significant opinion comes from a New York gun rights case heard last month that prevented the state from requiring a “justifiable need” to conceal carry. If the law passed, then the citizens would have to prove why they needed to defend themselves, coming at a time when violent crime in New York is the highest compared to other cities in the country.
While Thomas did not write the majority opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, Mark Paoletta, who was with the G.H.W. Bush administration when he helped recruit Thomas for the job, said that Thomas greatly influenced the opinion.
“He didn’t write it, but the court was heavily influenced by Justice Thomas, in my opinion, the current sort of majority, by the courage he has shown in his jurisprudence,” Paoletta said. “Justice Thomas has been writing about overturning Roe for 30 years.”
Thomas was reportedly the most senior Justice in the Dobbs case, assigning the majority opinion to Justice Samuel Alito, after Justice Roberts wrote that he did not agree with overturning Roe entirely.
Justice Thomas is no longer the lone dissenter who was usually joined by Justice Scalia, Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino, who also clerked for Thomas, told Fox News.
“He is the leader of a majority of justices who share his commitment to originalism and the rule of law,” she said.
Despite protests out the Justice’s home and activists’ attempting to fire him from his position at George Washington University, Thomas’s class remains one of the most popular courses, with a long waitlist just to get in.
“This term is showing the massive influence of Justice Thomas,” Paoletta said. “It’s all coming to fruition with the court aligning with him this term.”