Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ disagreement in a Pennsylvania Republican Party election lawsuit has prompted critics to call for his wife Virginia “Ginni” Thomas to be investigated Monday.
Ginni’s earlier comments were brought into the spotlight on social media shortly after her husband’s dissent, with many citing a couple of Facebook posts from January 6 in support of the “Stop the Steal” rally she sought. reverse the election result in favor of former President Donald Trump. Although the spouses of Supreme Court justices often avoid politics, Ginni Thomas has frequently expressed her views in public.
The posts were captured by Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern before being deleted from the internet. One featured Thomas commenting “LOVE the people of MAGA !!!” while sharing a link to a video feed of the demonstration before it turned violent, while the other watched her comment “GOD BLESS EVERYONE STANDING OR PRAYING!” Social media calls to investigate Thomas on unsubstantiated allegations that he was connected to the riot quickly followed her husband’s dissent.
“I am concerned that #SCOTUS Judge Thomas disagreed; we will have to learn more about the role his wife Gini Thomas played in raising funds for Trump’s deadly January ‘Insurrection Day’,” said Christine Pelosi, Democratic strategist and daughter of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), tweeted.
While Ginni Thomas’ social media posts on January 6 seem to indicate her support for the protesters before the riots began, Newsweek has found no evidence that she was directly involved in any effort to raise funds for the rally.
“Today, SCOTUS declined to hear an appeal from the Palestinian Authority Republican Party regarding the extension of vote-by-mail deadlines,” Duty to Warn, an anti-Trump psychologist group, tweeted. “Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent. His wife Ginni backed the 1/6 protest, demanded the revocation of the elections and sent ‘LOVE’ to the protesters. He does not disagree with any of that.”
“It still seems wrong that Clarence Thomas is still in SCOTUS and is part of cases related to sedition and insurrection knowing that his wife Ginni Thomas is related to those who attacked the United States Capitol,” singer-songwriter Ricky Davila tweeted. “Any of your dissensions is a confession at this time.”
Justice Thomas was one of three conservative justices who on Monday disagreed with the Supreme Court’s majority decision to reject a Republican Party challenge that seeks to overturn the Pennsylvania state court’s decision to extend the vote-by-mail deadline for the November presidential election in three days.
Although the majority considered the case moot in light of the election outcome, Thomas’ disagreement cited the potential impact the case could have on future elections and acknowledged that the case would not have made any difference to the 2020 outcome. .
“That decision to rewrite the rules appears to have affected very few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future,” Thomas wrote in dissent. “These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address what authority non-legislative officials have to set electoral rules, and to do so well in advance of the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”
Ginni Thomas, who once shared a meme alleging liberal donor George Soros was involved in a conspiracy to launch a “silent coup” against Trump, reportedly apologized to Judge Thomas’ staff for his January 6 posts. after the situation deteriorated in the resulting riots. in the death of five people.
“I owe you all an apology. I have probably imposed the passions of my life on you,” Thomas wrote to staff in emails obtained by The Washington Post. “My passions and beliefs are probably shared with most of you, but certainly not with everyone. And sometimes the smallest matters can divide loved ones for too long. We promise not to let politics divide THIS family and learn to speak more smoothly and consciously across the division. “
Newsweek contacted Judge Thomas for comment.