A video from an interview Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave in 2020 has resurfaced, where he shared candid thoughts about an exchange with then-Sen. Joe Biden.
In 1991, when then-President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to serve on the nation’s highest court, Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee as it held its confirmation hearings.
At the time, Biden told Thomas, “Finding out what you mean when you say that you would apply the natural law of philosophy to the constitution is, in my view, the single most important task of this committee.”
Biden then added:
I just want to make sure we all know what we’re talking about here, that you and I know — at least — what we’re talking about here. There’s a fervent and aggressive school of thought that wishes to see natural law further inform the Constitution than it does now, argued against by the positivists led by Judge Borg [former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.]
Someone may apply it in a way, like Moore, who leads him in a direction that is “liberal.” You may apply it in a way that leads you in a direction that’s conservative, or you may, like many argue, not apply it at all. But it is a fundamental question that is going to be almost impossible for non-lawyers to grasp in an exchange. But you know — and I know — that it is a big, big deal.
In 2020, a reporter asked Thomas: “Sen. Biden was very focused on natural law. How did that go?”
“Who knows? I have no idea what he was talking about,” Thomas replied. “I have to be perfectly honest with you. You sit there, and you have no idea what they are talking about. All I know is that he was asking me these questions about natural law.
He added: “One of the things you do in a hearing is, you have to sit there and look attentively at people who you know have no idea what they’re talking about.”
Fox News noted further: “Biden bizarrely ended a speech about gun control in Connecticut with the words ‘God Save the Queen’ after noting that he would not be able to shake hands with attendees because a storm was approaching. He also uttered another phrase he once used toward a student who questioned him about his fourth-place standing in the 2020 Iowa caucuses.”
“Is that the truth? Now, do not make a lie – as that scene in the John Wayne movie – don’t make me a dog-faced, lying, pony-soldier,” Biden said at the time.
“As a proud Irishman whose ancestors probably weren’t fans of the crown, Biden may use the phrase more as sarcasm,” Axios noted.
In the interviews, one of Biden’s aides said in reference to the ‘Queen’ remark they “still aren’t sure” what he meant.
The weird response once again triggered discussions about Biden’s advanced age and what appears to be his deteriorating mental status because, during the same speech, he appeared to need assistance in leaving the stage.
“…[T]he the scene became even more bizarre immediately following the gaffe. Biden seemed unaware of where he should exit, pointing at the people off-stage and asking them where he should go,” the Western Journal reported. “Eventually, an aide came up and helped him off, and Biden awkwardly jogged across the stage to make an exit.”