Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas isn’t winning any popularity contests.
Between his involvement in turning back the clock on abortion rights by striking down Roe v. Wade, to his unsettling concurring opinion in the decision targeting the foundation of contraception and same-sex marriage rights, to that whole messy business with his insurrection-supporting wife, Ginny, the conservative justice has attracted some heavy criticism.
Now it seems he’s heard the verdict in the court of public opinion. On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that Thomas is backing out of a teaching job at George Washington University, after a massive pushback from students.
Via the AP:
Thomas, 74, has taught at the private school since 2011. He was supposed to lead the seminar with Judge Gregory Maggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Maggs once served as a Supreme Court clerk to Thomas.
Thomas was part of the conservative majority that in late June overturned the Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. In the following days, thousands of students signed a petition calling for the school to sever its relationship with Thomas. But university officials refused.
While Thomas’ invitation to teach remained in tact, the message was clearly delivered. They’re just not that into you.
Twitter is feeling no sympathy, and many wished he was walking off of his main gig, not the side hustle:
Clarence Thomas is retiring from the wrong job.
— John Ales AF (@IAmJohnAles) July 28, 2022
Clarence Thomas will not teach at George Washington University this fall, weeks after a student-led petition sought his removal.
Great. Now get him off the fu@king bench.
— Democracy Over Autocracy! NOTHING MORE!! (@hduverge) July 28, 2022
If you're OK with stripping away people's rights I hope you're o.k being publicly shunned as well and yeah I'm talking to you Clarence Thomas
— Henry Djoutsa ???? Supports?? (@D_jeneration) July 28, 2022
BREAKING: Clarence Thomas was recently forced to back out of a teaching gig at GW due to a student uproar.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 27, 2022
Clarence Thomas just quit his teaching job at George Washington University after student protests and a petition with 11,000+ signatures
He fled the scene even after the university reiterated its support of him
Who’s the snowflake now? ?
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) July 28, 2022
Clarence Thomas quit his teaching position, that he’s held since 2011, because he couldn’t handle students exercising their first amendment rights.
May he never know a moment of peace in public again.
— ???? (@antifaoperative) July 27, 2022
Clarence Thomas taught a class at George Washington Law. After the abortion decision many students called for his removal. The school said it still supported Thomas. But now he's quit. Is Clarence scared to face the music?
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) July 28, 2022
George Washington University will no longer have Clarence Thomas teaching insurrection 101 from the Ginni Thomas textbook
What a shame
— THE SAD TRUTH (@SmnWeekly) July 28, 2022