Earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Virginia “Ginni” Thomas said she had attended former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6, 2020 “Stop the Steal” rally.
Now, a slew of text messages obtained by multiple media outlets show that she encouraged White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to work on overturning the 2020 election results.
During the rally, Trump promoted claims of election fraud that he continues to circulate despite an inability to provide evidence. Later on, attendees participated in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol while trying to overturn the election results.
Ginni Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, said that she attended Trump’s rally but left early and did not participate in the riot in an interview earlier this month. She also claimed that she had no role in planning any of the Jan. 6 events.
Meadows provided the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack with 21 messages Thomas sent him as well as eight he sent her. Overall, he provided the committee with 2,320 texts before he ceased cooperating with its investigation. Committee members believe there were more texts exchanged between Thomas and Meadows.
According to The Washington Post, the 29 texts were reviewed by The Post and CBS News. They were also confirmed by five people who have seen the committee documents and Meadows’s attorney, George Terwilliger III, confirmed their existence.
“Nothing about the text messages presents any legal issues,” the attorney said.
The texts span from early to late November 2020. As of Nov.
10, when news organizations were predicting that current President Joe Biden would win the election, Thomas was sending Meadows texts about election fraud.
“Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!...” she typed. “You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
“Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs,” Meadows wrote to Thomas later on in the month. “Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it.”
Thomas referenced her husband at least once in her exchanges with Meadows, on Nov. 19.
“The intense pressures you and our President are now experiencing are more intense than Anything Experienced (but I only felt a fraction of it in 1991),” Thomas wrote, in an apparent reference to Justice Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings. At the time, lawyer Anita Hill testified that he had made unwanted sexual comments when he was her boss. Clarence Thomas has denied the allegations.
He was hospitalized this week and missed oral arguments, said The Post.
Ginni Thomas spread false theories, commented on cable news segments and urged that Trump’s team act to reverse the outcome of the election in her messages to Meadows, according to the outlet. She also recommended taking a hard line with staffers who did not support election fraud claims.
“Suggestion: You need to buck up your team on the inside, Mark,” Thomas wrote. “The lower level insiders are scared, fearful or sending out signals of hopelessness vs an awareness of the existential threat to America right now. You can buck them up, strengthen their spirits.”
Ginni Thomas did not respond to multiple requests for comment, said The Post. Likewise, Justice Thomas did not respond to a request for comment made through the Supreme Court’s public information office. A spokesman for the Jan. 6 committee also declined to comment.
With the release of the texts, “several of the country’s most respected legal scholars say that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas must immediately recuse himself from any cases relating to the 2020 election and its aftermath,” according to The New Yorker.
LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram