As if conservatives weren’t already thrilled after learning that VP-elect Mike Pence was set to be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, the news just got better.
The Bible Thomas will use belonged to the Reagan family.
A conservative justice will swear in a conservative vice president using a Bible from the most conservative president this country has seen in the last 60 years.
Thomas will be the first African-American to administer the oath of office.
From IJ Review:
To make an already historic event even more unique, Pence will be the first elected official to be sworn in on the Reagan family Bible since the late president used it during his own inaugurations.
The Bible will be opened to the same passage Reagan used during his inaugurations, II Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
While the Presidents are sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Vice Presidents have been sworn in by a variety of elected officials, including the outgoing Vice Presidents. In 2013, Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
In the press release announcing the inauguration plans, Vice President-elect Pence was quoted saying he is honored to be sworn in by Justice Thomas:
“It will be my honor to take the Oath of Office to defend our Constitution from a man who has dedicated his life to the same noble pursuit.”
Three more days until the error is over.
We’re almost across the finish line, y’all.