United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is speaking out about his allegedly impending retirement.
The rumor mill started churning early this year as many on the left contended that Breyer “should” retire to allow President Joe Biden and the Democrats to name his replacement. However, to date, Breyer had not announced any such intention.
“That doesn’t irk me,” Breyer said in a recent interview, according to Breitbart. “I’ll tell you. The truth, I think, is…you can always hope for your more mature self, which is there sometimes. And this is a country in which, and every day I see this in this document, but number one, it is called freedom of speech. That means freedom of thought, freedom of expression.”
Breyer went on to say that people will always say mean things, but part of the job of a justice is to handle it:
It’s far from the worst thing in the world to have people say mean things or nice things or this thing or that thing about you. And really, if you’re not prepared, of course, people will get upset about all kinds of things. That’s why we have this First Amendment. We have it there so people will say things that you might not like and that I might not like. That’s why it’s there.
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