It Appears that Justice Clarence Thomas's Wife Ginni is a Bit of a Conspiracy Nut
Longtime right-wing conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, seems to be an unhinged election fraud conspiracy nut. This week, The Washington Post and CBS News reported after the election Thomas repeatedly pressed Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and Republican legislators to aggressively pursue efforts to overturn the presidential election. And, some of her rhetoric concerning the election was a bit over the top.
“Do not concede. It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back” - ‘Ginni’ Thomas, quoted by the Washington Post.
On other occasions, she embraced a wide variety of election conspiracy theories and described the election results as an “obvious fraud” and “the greatest heist of our history.”
Vox: "Thomas shared with Meadows conspiracy theories that Trump had a secret plan to expose election fraud (“I hope this is true”) and to send its perpetrators to Guantanamo Bay, urged that Trump should “not concede” because “it takes time for the army who is gathering for his back,” said the “Left” was “attempting the greatest Heist of our History,” championed the ludicrous claims of Trump’s lawyer Sidney Powell (“Sounds like Sidney and her team are getting inundated with evidence of fraud”), complained about being “disgusted” with Vice President Mike Pence for approving the results, and declared Biden’s win meant “the end of Liberty.”
Thomas also admitted in a recent interview that she had participated in the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. And according to a report by NBC News. yesterday, she encouraged congressional Republicans to get "out in the streets" to challenge the election results.
Mrs. Thomas has a right to her political opinions like every other American, but as the spouse of a Supreme Court Justice she also has a responsibility to act like a mature, rational adult. She must realize that spreading oddball, right-wing conspiracy theories about the election spills over to her husband and undermines the reputation of the Court as a neutral arbiter of the nation's political disputes.
Furthermore, the revelations about Ginni Thomas's efforts to overturn the election call into question her husband's decision to take part in cases directly related to the 2020 election and the Jan. 6th insurrection.
NPR: "In January, the Supreme Court allowed a Democratic-led House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack to access Trump White House records. Trump had sued to block the move, and Justice Thomas was the lone dissenter."
"It's still not clear if Ginni Thomas' text messages were among those records or whether Justice Thomas knew of them."
We don't have all the facts yet, but it's certainly possible that Justice Thomas's vote in the 8-1 decision reflected his interest in shielding Ginni's texts with Meadows. Of course, we will never know for sure what influenced Thomas's decision, but outside observers could certainly draw that conclusion, and that's a problem. The appearance of impropriety, of corruption, of self-dealing, is enough to taint the Court, and if Thomas truly cares for the institution he must recuse himself from any future cases involving the election or insurrection.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content