“I’ve never run from bullies. I never cry uncle. And I’m not going to cry uncle today, whether I want to be on the Supreme Court or not.”
Orrin Hatch reminds America of an inspiring moment from Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 (via Instapundit):
“I’d rather die than withdraw. If they’re going to kill me, they’re going to kill me.”
One of the most important and iconic moments of Justice Thomas’s confirmation. It was a signal to the world that you should never let bullies win.
— Retired Orrin G. Hatch (@RetiredOrrin) May 28, 2021
Note, in particular, then-Senator Joseph Biden’s inability to look in Thomas’s direction during these remarks. Note also, true to form, how Twitter hides the video behind a “sensitive content” warning.