Conservatives Pray for Clarence Thomas as SCOTUS Justice Hospitalized

Conservatives are offering their prayers to Justice Clarence Thomas, after the Supreme Court revealed he had been hospitalized because of an infection.

In a statement on Sunday night, the court said 73-year-old Thomas has been at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., since Friday after experiencing "flu-like symptoms."

"He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics," the court said in the statement. "His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two."

News of Thomas' hospitalization prompted several conservatives to take to social media to wish him a speedy recovery.

"Join me in praying for a quick recovery for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who was hospitalized on Friday with an infection," evangelical leader Franklin Graham wrote in a tweet.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in a tweet: "Please be in prayer for Justice Clarence Thomas."

Political commentator and author Nick Adams tweeted: "Everyone please join me in praying for Justice Clarence Thomas. Now, more than ever, America needs this man at his strongest."

Congressional candidate Robby Starbuck wrote: "Pray for Clarence Thomas. The single best Justice we could ever dream of. May the legend live to see his 200th birthday!"

And Jack Posobiec, an alt-right political activist, wrote: "Massive prayers for the GOAT Clarence Thomas."

Thomas came under fire recently after his wife said in an interview that she had briefly attended a rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, before the Capitol riot unfolded.

The Supreme Court's statement didn't explain why it waited two days to disclose that Thomas, who has been on the court since 1991, was in the hospital or provide further details about his infection.

The court's public information officer, Patricia McCabe, said his illness isn't related to COVID, according to The Washington Post. He is vaccinated and has received a booster shot.

The court will hear oral arguments in cases on Monday through Wednesday this week. McCabe said Thomas doesn't plan to take part remotely, according to the Post. She has been contacted for additional comment.

The court's statement said Thomas will participate in cases even if he misses the arguments "on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments."

It comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin historic confirmation hearings Monday for Ketanji Brown Jackson, who President Joe Biden named to replace retiring Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she would be the first Back woman on the Supreme Court.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images