May 26, 2022

Ana Navarro of ‘The View’ calls for Clarence Thomas’ recusal from key SCOTUS cases

Earlier this week, Ana Navarro, co-host of ABC’s The View, unsurprisingly jumped on the latest liberal bandwagon by calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from potentially pivotal cases related to issues in which his wife, conservative activist Ginni Thomas, as taken a professional interest, as Breitbart reports.

A growing number of left-leaning outlets and pundits have demanded that the jurist voluntarily decline participation in matters before the court that are also likely of concern to his wife and the advocacy group, Liberty Central, with which she works, as the Washington Examiner recently noted. Ginni Thomas’ own recent statement acknowledging that she was indeed present at Jan. 6 protests in the nation’s capital has only added fuel to that fire.

Navarro’s comments came in the context of an on-air panel discussion in which she was asked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg whether justices on the high court should be limited to a term of 18 years.

Though Navarro was non-committal on the question of term limits for Supreme Court justices, she did express concern about what she called “the lack of confidence from Americans in our institutions, including the Supreme Court,” and added, “I think that Clarence Thomas is doing the court no favor by not recusing himself from issues where his wife has been so intimately involved.”

If Thomas were to heed those calls for recusal, the move would be an unprecedented one, and even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg โ€“ an undisputed icon of the left โ€“ refused to sit on the sidelines when her husband’s law firm represented parties before the high court and when her law professor daughter wrote an article about a pending matter which was cited in a brief from the litigant whose position the famed jurist ultimately endorsed.

Ginni Thomas herself has forcefully answered those calling for her husband’s recusal from cases at the Supreme Court, explaining to the Washington Free Beacon, “Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America.”

Even so, Mrs. Thomas continued, “we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work.

In addition to her comments regarding Thomas and the perceived need for his recusal, Navarro referenced the potential dangers of a court comprised of numerous justices of advanced age, opining, “I do think that somebody is going to be in such an incredibly important position…maybe cognitive tests should be something that are considered for every Supreme Court justice because they’re serving until their 80s.”

Considering that President Joe Biden is just over one year into his first term and has already celebrated his 79th birthday, it begs the questions of whether and when Navarro will demand that he undergo the same sort of cognitive assessment she is prepared to demand of those in the court โ€“ and which so many believe is well past due.

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