Ideological bias is becoming more prevalent in the U.S., Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told new Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday.
"I think we're getting quite comfortable in our society limiting ideas and exposure to ideas," Thomas said during a rare interview on "The Ingraham Angle."
"I don't think it's good for the next generation and the people who will be learning," Thomas said.
The justice has given few interviews since getting confirmed to the court in 1991, appointed by George H.W. Bush.
"Today we seem to think that everything has to be one size fits all, and people can't have opinions that make us uncomfortable, or ideas that make us uncomfortable, or that we don't agree with," Thomas said.
Americans need to remember what they have in common, Thomas said.
Thomas also addressed removals of statues and monuments that note the Confederacy.
"I didn't see that much iconoclasm, there were all sorts of other problems," during his youth, the justice said.
"Some people have decided that the Constitution is not worth defending, that history isn't worth defending, that the culture and the principles aren't worth defending. Certainly, in my position, they have to be worth defending. That's what keeps you going, that's what energizes you," the justice said.
At another point during the interview, Thomas praised new justice Neil Gorsuch, calling him "outstanding."
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