Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Ginni Thomas, has been a subject of concern, speculation, and controversy over recent months, thanks to her own activism, and January 6th, 2021. Now she’s trying to “set the record straight” and save her husband from being tainted by her own public behavior.
Of course, every individual human is responsible for their own actions, but a New Yorker piece at the end of January laid out how Mrs. Thomas’ extremist activism reflects on the institution she’s adjacent to. The article points out that the Supreme Court is soon expected to rule on a lot of issues that are near and dear to far-right activists like her, and her husband’s increased speaking up on those and other issues himself, as well as her connections to far-right organizations such as Turning Point USA, where she served on the advisory board, and whose founder boasted of sending busloads of protestors to the January 6th rally that turned into a deadly riot.
In fact, while she hasn’t been a named party in any SCOTUS case, the piece points out, some institutions and organizations she’s held leadership at have — raising the question of whether Justice Thomas should have recused himself from these cases.
When it comes to January 6th, not only was Mrs. Thomas said to have attended, but she’s since weighed in, the Washington Post reports, with a letter accusing the January 6th Committee of being biased and politically-motivated, declaring the investigation of the attack on U.S. democracy to be a “overtly partisan political persecution” — a month before her husband was part of a ruling on a related case, in which he was the only Justice to dissent from the majority, speaking in support of the former President’s efforts to shield records from that day from scrutiny.
She’s responded in an exclusive with the conservative media publication, Free Beacon, saying that she was indeed at the Capitol on January 6th, but that she left before things turned violent — not because she knew anything was coming that she’d need to distance herself from later, but because it was cold out. Despite her attack on the January 6th Committee, she also says she was “disappointed and frustrated that there was violence,” but maintains that her only involvement was a brief presence, and that she left even before Donald Trump appeared on stage.
Mostly, though, what she says is that her husband shouldn’t be scrutinized over her actions, even when they seem so closely connected that there could be a question of conflicted interest.
“Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,” she said, explaining that the two merely share “many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America.”
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