ABC Information chief political analyst Matthew Dowd was slammed after calling Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas a “sexual predator” on Twitter when apparently making an attempt to smear Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“It was despicable and outrageous what occurred to Anita Hill greater than 25 years in the past, and a sexual predator was given a lifetime seat on the SC. Let’s hope historical past doesn’t repeat itself in 2018,” Dowd tweeted on Monday, clearly referring to a sexual assault allegation towards Kavanaugh.
Justice Thomas, a conservative appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush, confronted an accusation that he had sexually harassed lawyer Anita Hill throughout his affirmation course of again in 1991.
Below oath, Thomas repeatedly denied accusations from Hill that he talked about pornography, made inappropriate feedback and sexually harassed her when she labored for him on the Division of Schooling.
Hill’s accusations resulted in last-minute hearings however Thomas was confirmed and has spent the previous 27 years on the bench.
Dowd’s tweet was mocked by followers who referred to as the remark “despicable” and “disgraceful.”
When accused of hypocrisy, Down responded, “I’ve referred to as Invoice Clinton a sexual predator quite a few occasions.”
Christine Blasey Ford publicly got here ahead Sunday to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault a long time in the past after they have been each youngsters in prep college. The accusation instantly sparked comparisons to the scenario surrounding Thomas.
Earlier this 12 months – lengthy earlier than allegations towards Kavanaugh surfaced — Thomas was requested concerning the grueling affirmation course of throughout an on-stage interview on the Library of Congress in Washington.
“I don’t assume the method is what it should be,” Thomas stated. “I feel that these are critical jobs, and they need to be critical. I don’t assume they need to turn out to be spectacles.”
Thomas continued: “This isn’t the Roman Colosseum… We’re not gladiators. And I feel we’re going to lose a few of our greatest individuals who select to not undergo the ordeal. They don’t wish to should battle the lion in an effort to be a decide or to be in authorities. And I feel it’s our personal fault for permitting this to occur.”
ABC Information didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Fox Information’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Alex Pappas and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.