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 February 20, 2024

Comedian John Oliver offers Clarence Thomas $1m a year to resign from Supreme Court

Late-night talk show host John Oliver has extended a unique offer to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, proposing an annual payment of $1 million along with a $2 million tour bus as an incentive for Thomas to resign from the bench.

Oliver made the proposition during Sunday's episode of his HBO show, "Last Week Tonight," setting a 30-day deadline for Thomas to accept the offer or let it lapse. Oliver didn't seem to mind the fact that this offer was incredibly inappropriate.

The proposal

“Lot on your plate right now. From stripping away women’s rights to hearing Jan. 6 cases, you definitely shouldn’t be hearing two potentially helping rollback decades of federal regulations,” he said.

“So that’s the offer. $1 million a year, Clarence. And a brand new condo on wheels. And all you have to do in return is sign the contract and get the f‑‑‑ off the Supreme Court,” Oliver added. “Talk it over with your totally best friend in the whole world. Because the clock starts now. Thirty days, Clarence … Let’s do this!”

The British-born comedian's proposal follows a series of media investigations revealing that Thomas failed to disclose significant financial gifts from political backers, including luxurious travel and real estate, as well as school fees for a family member and a loan for a luxury motor coach.

The concerns

These disclosures raised concerns about Thomas's impartiality, particularly regarding his involvement in controversial rulings such as the recent decision impacting federal abortion rights.

Thomas, who is married to conservative activist Ginni Thomas, has faced criticism for not recusing himself from cases related to the January 6 Capitol attack, despite his wife's connections to individuals involved in promoting false claims about the 2020 election.

Referencing these controversies, Oliver humorously proposed Thomas's resignation in exchange for the financial benefits and the luxurious tour bus, suggesting that Thomas deserves a respite from the contentious atmosphere of Washington, D.C.

Comedy or serious?

The host playfully speculated about Thomas's potential hesitation, joking about his association with a Republican mega-donor known for possessing a private collection of Nazi memorabilia.

While neither Thomas nor the Supreme Court has publicly responded to Oliver's offer, the comedian acknowledged the financial strain such a proposal could impose, joking that he might need to embark on stand-up tours for years to afford Thomas's retirement.

“I think you’re thinking, what would my friend say if I take this offer? Will they judge me as they sit in their boardrooms and mega yachts and Hitler shrines? Will they still treat me to luxury vacations and sing songs about me off their phones?” Oliver also said.

“Well, that’s the beauty of friendship, Clarence. If they’re real friends, they’ll love you no matter what your job is. So I guess this might be the perfect way to find out who your real friends actually are," he continued.

Thomas, a staunch conservative, has served on the Supreme Court since his confirmation in 1991, a process marked by Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure at government agencies.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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