Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, has jumped full throttle in the fight against Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker of the House.
Your activism comes in the wake of sharp criticism of Thomas’ high-profile support of extremist right-wing politics, even as her husband continues to govern in support of some of the same issues that fueled serious conflict— increase the interest. concerns.
“Orthodox organizations and millions of grassroots Orthodox … are united in our support 20 Courageous Members of Congress are demanding to change the status quo in Washington,” said an open letter published Wednesday by the Conservative Action Project organization and signed by Thomas and about 70 other right-wing activists and organization officials.
“We stand behind him and join him in his courageous efforts to find a Speaker of the House who will represent the interests of conservatives,” the letter said.
Most of the 20 “Courageous” MPs, as they are referred to in the letter, voted against McCarthy in his repeated bids to become speaker. denied the results of the 2020 presidential electionDespite there being no evidence for his claims of widespread voter fraud.
Thomas supported the rebels on January 6, 2021, even though he testified to members of the House Select Committee investigating the US Capitol riot that he had no evidence of election fraud.
Text messages previously released by the committee revealed how Ginny Thomas relentlessly pushed Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows to overturn the 2020 election results and keep Trump in power.
Thomas was joined by controversial attorney Cleta Mitchell in signing the letter on a phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the 2020 election, when the then-president sought Raffensperger “find” just enough votes To turn his defeat from Joe Biden into a win. That phone call is now at the center of a Georgia grand jury investigation.
Michel conspired with the right wing American Legislative Exchange Council to challenge the election In the event Trump lost months before a single vote was cast. ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson announced to members in early 2020 that the organization was working with Mitchell on “action items that legislators can take”. question the validity” According to a recording obtained by the watchdog group, the election documented.
Thomas has been the target of fierce criticism for her role in extremist right-wing politics, even as her husband rules on issues closer to her heart.
Supreme Court justices were split on 2020 election issues but ultimately refused to accept Trump’s election rigging claims. Clarence Thomas, however, stood up to emphasize ballot fraud In sympathy with those who, like his wife, refused to accept the consequences.
He has also stood apart from other judges Jan 6 refused to stop the work of the committeeEven though his wife was impressed with the decision. federal laws All federal judges are required reuse yourself In matters in which they cannot be impartial.
Norman Orenstein, an emeritus scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, called it a massive “scandal” in which Clarence Thomas continues to reign in his “radical rebel” wife’s issues.
The House adjourned until Friday after McCarthy lost the 11th vote to become speaker.
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