During an interview broadcast on Wednesdayâ€™s edition of the Fox News Channelâ€™s â€œIngraham Angle,â€ Justice Clarence Thomas stated that he doesnâ€™t know what Americans can say theyÂ have in common as a country.
Host Laura Ingraham asked Thomas, â€œAre you surprised that â€” how things are still so rancorous in the United States today about foundational issues? Not about â€” just foundational issues, the anthem and so forth?â€
He answered, â€œNo, Iâ€™m not surprised. I mean, what binds us? What do we all have in common anymore? I think we have to think about that. I think this is â€” when I was a kid, even as we had laws that held us apart, there were things that we held dear and that we all had in common. And I think we have to â€” we always talk about E pluribus unum. Whatâ€™s our unumÂ now? We have the pluribus. Whatâ€™s the unum? And I think itâ€™s a great country. I think we, for whatever reasons, have made it our â€” some people have decided that the Constitution isnâ€™t worth defending, that history isnâ€™t worth defending, that the culture and principles arenâ€™t worth defending. And, certainly, if you are in my position, they have to be worth defending. Thatâ€™s what keeps you going. Thatâ€™s what energizes you. â€¦ I donâ€™t know what it is that we have, we can say instinctively, we have as a country in common.â€