While all eyes are on Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, something very serious appears to be going on with Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been in the hospital since last Friday.

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court wouldn’t say whether the 73-year-old, who was appointed former President George H.W. Bush in 1991, was still in the hospital for “flu-like symptoms” after it was previously reported that he would be released earlier in the week.

The AP reports:

The court said Sunday that Thomas had been admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” and he was diagnosed with an infection. His “symptoms are abating,” and he was expected to be released Monday or Tuesday, the court said in a statement at the time. But on Wednesday morning, court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said she had no update to provide.

The court heard arguments Wednesday morning and Chief Justice John Roberts said, as he has for the past two days, that while Thomas was not present he would participate in the case by reviewing the arguments’ transcript and briefs. Roberts said Thomas was “unable to be present today” without explanation.

It’s also not totally clear what exactly is going on with Thomas, who dissented in both the Obergefell case, which made marriage equality the law of the land, and Lawrence v. Texas, the decision that struck down a Texas law banning gay sex. All the court has said is that he doesn’t have COVID-19.

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Reports of his failing health come at the same time his wife, Ginni, has come under scrutiny for her extreme far-right activism, including her involvement with several anti-LGBTQ hate groups, her attendance at the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally outside of the White House, and donations she made to politicians that present “concerns about potential conflicts of interest for her husband.”

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Since 2018, Thomas has been the senior associate justice, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, with a tenure of 30 years.

Here’s what folx on Twitter are saying about the whole thing…




While you’re here, watch the trailer for the 2016 HBO film Confirmation about Thomas’ dramatic 1991 confirmation hearing starring Wendell Pierce as Thomas and Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, his former employee who claimed he sexually harassed her.

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

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