A petition posted on the MoveOn website calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign and for Congress to investigate and impeach him has garnered more than 1 million signatures as of Friday afternoon.
In fact, at approximately 1.17 million signatures the petition is close to a 1.2 million- signature goal.
MoveOn is an organization founded in the 1990s that allows people to create digital petitions.
According to the petition to impeach Thomas, his failure to recuse himself regarding a decision to compel the release of former President Donald Trump’s records relating to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot “warrants immediate investigation and heightened alarm.”
Thomas’ wife – conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas – has admitted to attending a “Stop the Steal” rally held near the Capitol on Jan. 6. Furthermore, communications she has sent indicate that she supported unfounded claims of voter fraud that are central to an investigation of the riot. After news of these communications came out in April, a poll found that a majority of Americans believed Thomas should recuse himself from decisions related to Jan. 6.
“It has become clear that his wife—longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas—was actively urging the White House to overturn election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection,” said the petition.
The petition also mentions how Thomas voted in step with “the right-wing rigged Supreme Court,” to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that provided abortion access protections last month with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health opinion. A poll conducted after the opinion was delivered found that most Americans disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision, which was supported by three conservative justices nominated by Trump during his single term in office.
However, the opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito said that the court “cannot allow its decisions to be affected by such extraneous concerns,” as public opinion. Thomas also said the court can’t “give you only the outcome you want,” or be “bullied” after a draft of the opinion leaked in May.
In his concurring opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson, Thomas said the Supreme Court should take another look at landmark legislation concerning same-sex marriage, access to contraception and private sexual acts in the future.
The MoveOn petition claims that Thomas has a “long history of conflicts of interest in the service of a right-wing agenda and mixing his powerful role with his conservative political activism,” and has shown that he cannot be an impartial justice.
Thomas was nominated to the court in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.