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Clarence Thomas GOP Election Challenge Dissent Sparks Calls to Investigate His Wife

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in a Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuit has prompted critics to call for his wife Virginia “Ginni” Thomas to be investigated on Monday.

Ginni’s past comments were put under the social media spotlight shortly after her husband’s dissent, with many citing a pair of January 6 Facebook posts in support of the “Stop the Steal” rally seeking to overturn the election outcome in favor of former President Donald Trump. Although spouses of Supreme Court justices typically avoid politics, Ginni Thomas has frequently expressed her opinions in public.

The posts were captured by Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern before being deleted from the internet. One featured Thomas commenting “LOVE MAGA people!!!” while sharing a link to a video stream of the demonstration before it turned violent, while the other saw her comment “GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU STANDING UP or PRAYING!” Social media calls to investigate Thomas over unsubstantiated allegations that she was connected to the riot quickly followed her husband’s dissent.

On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the protest demanding that Congress overturn the election, then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. She has not posted since. pic.twitter.com/378CHMkFN5

— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 8, 2021

“I’m concerned that #SCOTUS Justice Thomas dissented—we will have to learn more about the role his wife Gini Thomas played in raising money for Trump’s deadly #Jan6 ‘Insurrection Day,'” Christine Pelosi, Democratic strategist and daughter of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), tweeted.

Agree – yet I’m concerned that #SCOTUS Justice Thomas dissented – we will have to learn more about the role his wife Gini Thomas played in raising money for Trump’s deadly #Jan6 “Insurrection Day”

— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 22, 2021

While Ginni Thomas’ January 6 social media posts do appear to indicate support for the protesters before the riots began, Newsweek has found no evidence that she was directly involved in any efforts to raise funds for the demonstration.

“Today, SCOTUS refused to hear an appeal from the PA GOP about extending mail-in voting deadlines,” tweeted Duty to Warn, a group of anti-Trump psychologists. “Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent. His wife Ginni endorsed the 1/6 protest, demanded an overturn of the election, and sent ‘LOVE’ to demonstrators. He’s not dissented to any of that.”

Today, SCOTUS refused to hear an appeal from the PA GOP about extending mail-in voting deadlines. Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent. His wife Ginni endorsed the 1/6 protest, demanded an overturn of the election, and sent “LOVE” to demonstrators. He’s not dissented to any of that.

— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) February 22, 2021

“It still seems wrong that Clarence Thomas is still in SCOTUS and is part of cases involving the sedition and insurrection knowing that his wife Ginni Thomas is connected to those that attacked the US Capitol,” singer-songwriter Ricky Davila tweeted. “Any of his dissents is a confession at this point.”

It still seems wrong that Clarence Thomas is still in SCOTUS and is part of cases involving the sedition and insurrection knowing that his wife Ginni Thomas is connected to those that attacked the US Capitol. Any of his dissents is a confession at this point.

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 22, 2021

Justice Thomas was one of three conservative justices who on Monday dissented from the Supreme Court’s majority decision turn away a GOP challenge seeking to invalidate the Pennsylvania state court’s decision to extend mail-in ballot deadline for November’s presidential election by three days.

Although the majority found that the case was moot in light of the election’s outcome, Thomas’ dissent cited the potential impact that the case could have on future elections while acknowledging that the case would have made no difference to the outcome in 2020.

“That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future,” Thomas wrote in the dissent. “These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”

Ginni Thomas, who once shared a meme alleging that liberal donor George Soros was involved in a conspiracy to launch a “silent coup” against Trump, reportedly apologized to Justice Thomas’ staffers for her January 6 posts after the situation deteriorated into the riots that resulted in the deaths of five people.

“I owe you all an apology. I have likely imposed on you my lifetime passions,” Thomas wrote the staff in emails obtained by The Washington Post. “My passions and beliefs are likely shared with the bulk of you, but certainly not all. And sometimes the smallest matters can divide loved ones for too long. Let’s pledge to not let politics divide THIS family, and learn to speak more gently and knowingly across the divide.”

Newsweek reached out to Justice Thomas for comment.

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Virginia “Ginni” Thomas moderates a panel during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland on February 23, 2017.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty

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Originally published at https://www.newsweek.com/clarence-thomas-gop-election-challenge-dissent-sparks-calls-investigate-his-wife-1571179 on .

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