In a documentary titled “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” set to be released in 2020, Thomas criticized Biden for how he managed his confirmation hearings.
He denies Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment and says Biden and Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were trying to “get rid of me.”
“Do I have like stupid written on the back of my shirt? I mean, come on. We know what this is all about. People should just tell the truth: ‘This is the wrong black guy; he has to be destroyed.’ Just say it. Then now we’re at least honest with each other. The idea was to get rid of me. And then, after I was there, it was to undermine me.”
Thomas didn’t mention Biden by name, but the filmmakers asked him about Biden’s line of questioning about “natural law,” he says that he felt Biden was trying to get him to share his views on abortion.
“I have no idea what he was talking about. I understood what he was trying to do. I didn’t really appreciate it. Natural law was nothing more than a way of tricking me into talking about abortion.”
Thomas said that Democrats were focused on his abortion views, and “your life didn’t matter.”
“Most of my opponents on the judiciary committee cared about only one thing: How would I rule on abortion rights. You really didn’t matter, and your life didn’t matter. What mattered is what they wanted and what they wanted was this particular issue.”
He continues to say that for most of his life he thought he would be targeted by “the bigot in the pickup truck; it’s gonna be the Klansmen; it’s gonna be the rural sheriff,” but after his experience, he says “the modern-day liberal” is the biggest threat to someone’s career and reputation.
“But it turned out that through all of that, ultimately the biggest impediment was the modern-day liberal. They were the ones who would discount all those things because they have one issue or because they have the power to caricature you.”
The documentary’s filmmakers say the film is a chance for Thomas to share his story “truly and fully, without cover-ups or distortions.”