Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, got in touch with dozens of Republican state legislators in Arizona in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, newly revealed materials indicate. Thomas pushed these legislators to essentially undo Biden’s win in their state.
In missives she sent in December 2020, Thomas said — using wording that appears to have been pre-written by somebody else — that legislators would “choose” the electoral votes for their state. That’s not an accurate description of the process; it’s voters who choose the way their states’ electoral votes go. December messages also included a link to a video of a man saying legislators should “put things right” and “not give in to cowardice.” The implied push was for state legislators in Arizona to back Trump-supporting members of the electoral college no matter Biden’s win. Thomas, in sending these newly revealed messages, participated in virtual letter-writing campaigns conducted through an online platform called FreeRoots.
Although Thomas was previously reported to have signed messages to two Republican legislators in Arizona, it was actually considerably more: on November 9, 2020, she sent identical messages to 20 Republicans in the Arizona state House and seven in the state Senate. In those November messages to state legislators, Thomas falsely characterized the responsibility of selecting electoral college members for Arizona as “yours and yours alone.” Targeted legislators could make it so that “a clean slate of Electors is chosen,” the messages said. Again: there was no legitimacy to any of this.
Thomas’s December messages went out on the 13th to 22 state representatives and one state senator. Although messages Thomas sent were part of an organized messaging campaign, she got a personal reply from at least one legislator: Rep. Shawnna Bolick said she hoped “you and Clarence are doing great!” In other words, just because Ginni used text seemingly written by somebody else, that doesn’t mean the outreach she conducted wasn’t substantive. It was noticed.
And Ginni’s relationship to Clarence Thomas has led to serious concerns about Clarence’s basic ability to impartially handle matters related to the 2020 presidential election and challenges to it. Ginni — who also repeatedly spoke with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who she pushed to fight the election outcome — had a stake in what went on: she was among those fighting to undo the election outcome. Clarence could be especially inclined to be favorable to those in that corner.
According to The Washington Post, a “spokeswoman for the Supreme Court did not respond to questions for Clarence Thomas.” “That conflict of interest just screams at you,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, said after earlier reporting about messages Thomas sent legislators in Arizona. The November messages were apparently part of a campaign organized by a group calling itself Every Legal Vote. That group tied itself to the nonprofit organization called United in Purpose — which has had events with Ginni as a featured presenter. The House riot committee was previously reported to be interested in hearing from Ginni, although there doesn’t appear to be any indication that’s panned out. Read more at this link.