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PHOTOS: Book Details How Justice Clarence Thomas ‘Gets Away From It All’

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A new book chronicling the life and career of Clarence Thomas features several anecdotes about the Supreme Court associate justice that are not widely known, like his “tinkerer” skills that allowed he and wife Ginni Thomas to get their RV back on the road one time after being temporarily stranded on an interstate.

The breakdown occurred in upstate New York, near Lake George, and Ginni believed that the two would be stranded for quite some time. But she was wrong.

As the couple cruised along Interstate 87, “The red light came on and the engine went down and it stopped. And Clarence pulled over to the side,” said Ginni.

“I was like ‘uh-oh’ and was getting ready for a long time sitting on the side of the road,” she added according to the book “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” the follow-up to a movie of the same name released two years ago.

But then her “tinkerer” husband pulled off something she did not expect.

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“He got out of the driver’s seat, and he went to the back of the bus on the outside. He came back inside. I was thinking of, ‘Who do I call for help?’” she told co-author Mark Paoletta.

Soon after, the justice hopped back in the spacious driver’s seat of their 40-foot 1992 Prevost Marathon conversion coach, turned the key, and off they went.

“It was just a fan belt. I had an extra one,” the justice told his wife, to which she responded, “No justice could do what you just did.”

The Washington Examiner adds:

Thomas wasn’t always his own chief mechanic, but thanks to a lot of friendly RV owners he’s met at campgrounds and truckers at Walmart parking lots and Pilot Flying J truck stops, he’s learned how to fix his rolling home and about the country and its people along the way.

In the book of interviews, Thomas said he never traveled much as a poor child in Georgia. Then, over 20 years ago, a friend encouraged him to see the country by mobile home, and he’s never looked back.

And that’s a good thing, especially this summer, as violent left-wing foes of the court have taken to social media to threaten Thomas and other justices for playing a role in shifting decisions to the Right. Some have even posted Thomas’s home address and pushed angry protesters to yell in front of the home.

Now more than ever, a month on the road looks to be a good thing for the judge and his wife.

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During one of their earliest road trips, the report continued, the couple was unable to get the awnings on their RV to work properly. Fellow RV drivers who did not know who the Thomases were, came over to help them. The Justice said the experience was “like we had a barn raising or something.”

Though it’s been reported that the couple likes to take road trips in the summer after current Supreme Court sessions end in June, they really opened up about their love of being on the road and meeting people, having traveled to 40 states over the past two decades. Often they meet Americans who have no idea Clarence is a Supreme Court justice or that she’s an attorney and political activist.

And while Justice Thomas tries to keep a low profile when the couple travels, he’s sometimes recognized, even at truck stops.

“So I’m in there with big truckers, the 18-wheelers. I think it was a Pilot truck stop in Pennsylvania,” Clarence Thomas recalled. “And you have to go through a process — you put on your fueling gloves, and you have to kick the tires.

“I never figured that out, but you do it because you’re a professional. I was walking to pay, and this black trucker comes over. He looks at me, and says, ‘You that judge?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone.’ And he said, ‘Wow. You know, I heard you a big rig man like us, but I didn’t think I’d ever meet you,'” the justice recalled.

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