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Clarence Thomas Will Be the First Black Person to Swear in a President or Vice President

President-elect Donald Trump has been criticized for the lack of diversity in his cabinet, among his supporters and his top advisors. Today, however, his administration will help make history in that respect as Mike Pence is sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Justice Thomas is the longest serving-African-American Supreme Court Justice. In the press release announcing the inauguration details, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, “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.”

The presidents are sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court but in years past, vice presidents can be sworn in by a variety of elected officials, including outgoing vice presidents.

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Throughout the campaign, Pence has described himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” Justice Thomas is a traditionalist on the bench, making his participation Mike Pence’s swearing in ceremony pretty appropriate.

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