Posted on: April 1, 2022 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

On March 24, several news outlets including The Washington Post and CBS News received documentation of a text conversation between Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. The exchange was turned over by Meadows in a 9,000-page document ordered by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

At first, the messages seem like ramblings in Facebook comment sections by elderly people with too much time on their hands. Except the consequences are much greater.

When Ginni Thomas messages Meadows suggesting he “release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down,” the reality hits that this is not just more online nonsense. These messages, sent by the wife of one of the most powerful men in the United States, represent attempted collusion.

Omar Eloiza

Freelance Writer

Calls are being made for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from all future cases relating to Jan. 6, with some people petitioning for his resignation. Unfortunately, he has already presided over every case related to the attack on the Capitol since the establishment of the committee.

As I dug further into this case, I found myself in a rabbit hole, reading stories of how the Thomases have been involved in far right-wing politics for decades. I became engrossed in tales of Ginni Thomas fighting the “liberal order” since the early ’90s. I found myself charmed by the rather quaint way the Thomases met at a conservative conference. More stories unfolded. Then came the texts themselves.

Messages were exchanged between Ginni Thomas and Meadows 29 times in the weeks following the 2020 election, according to CNN. This one from Nov. 5 is possibly the most (scarily) hilarious:

“Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc.) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”

She finished her tirade with a wishful plea: “I hope this is true.”

On Jan. 10, days after the insurrection at the Capitol, there was another message from Ginni Thomas:

“We are living through what feels like the end of America. Most of us are disgusted with the VP and are in a listening mode to see where to fight with our teams. Those who attacked the Capitol are not representative of our great teams of patriots for DJT!! Amazing times. The end of Liberty.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

In all her bluster over the end of democracy, though, she forgets to account for the fact that the wife of a sitting Supreme Court Justice is directly advising the executive branch of the government as it is looking to overthrow a democratic election.

For too long, nepotism has run the federal government. The Trump Administration was filled with people who didn’t deserve the roles they were appointed. Instead, these positions were filled with people dedicated to only one man: Trump himself.

The good news is that these people were replaceable. Justice Thomas is not, and calls for him to resign are not realistic. Once a Supreme Court Justice is appointed, there is nothing the federal government can do to remove him from office.

The only person who has the power to acknowledge this conflict of interest and act on his part is Justice Thomas. Though Ginni Thomas is free to exercise her freedom of speech, the revelation of these texts, along with the couple’s long-intertwined conservative history, make it clear that Thomas’ own personal and political interests conflict with cases involving the Jan. 6 attack.

If Justice Thomas wishes to remain true to his vows to abide by the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution, he must recuse himself immediately.

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