Ginni Thomas, everyone’s least favorite wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, cannot stop being in the news for her work in trying to overthrow our government. The fact that the Jan. 6 select committee isn’t having a five-week chat with Ginni Thomas is arguably the only shocking news about her coming out these days.
On Friday, The Washington Post reported that they had obtained and reviewed a series of emails from Ginni Thomas to Arizona lawmakers asking that the Grand Canyon State to put a hold on confirming President Joe Biden’s victory. Thomas asked the GOP officials she had on speed dial to choose “a clean slate of Electors” in order to … overturn the election results. To be clear, the catastrophic, GOP-led “full forensic audit” clown show that finished up in September 2021 and found zero election fraud took place.
But the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice, a man who might be tasked with writing the opinion on whether or not Donald Trump and his minority-rule would seize control of our country, was telling Arizona lawmakers that they “alone” had the “power to fight back against fraud.”
Ginni Thomas has long been known as a fringe far-right wing operative, fully entrenched with fake news purveyors like James O’Keefe of Project Veritas. The revelations that Ginni Thomas was furiously texting and trying to coordinate the overthrow of the popular vote in the 2020 election in real time has not led to much action. With the exception of some strongly worded speeches, Clarence Thomas has yet to recuse himself or resign his position, and Ginni Thomas has yet to sit in front of a legal body to explain how she believes she hasn’t broken the law.
According to the Post, the emails from Ginni Thomas were sent to Speaker of the Arizona House Russell Bowers and state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who served on the House elections committee during the 2020 session. The emails were sent right up until the middle of December when the Arizona House chose democracy over tyranny, not heeding the calls in Ginni Thomas’ emails to “consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead.”
The important point here is that like other Big Lie proponents, Thomas’ misrepresentation of what lawmakers’ “Constitutional duty” is regarding choosing state electors is where the coup d’etat lives. Arizona voters chose their electors, and Ginni Thomas and friends wanted Arizona (and Michigan, and Georgia, etc.) to forgo the democratic will of the people in order to put a corrupt billionaire windbag who wanted to be king back into power.
While Bowers does not seem to have replied to Ginni Thomas’ emails, he did receive all kinds of blowback from the MAGA right for certifying the election results, saying that “even if” evidence of fraud “existed” (which it didn’t), it was against the law and the state’s constitution for “the Legislature to reverse the results of an election.”
As a conservative Republican, I don’t like the results of the presidential election. I voted for President Trump and worked hard to reelect him. But I cannot and will not entertain a suggestion that we violate current law to change the outcome of a certified election.
I and my fellow legislators swore an oath to support the U.S. Constitution and the constitution and laws of the state of Arizona. It would violate that oath, the basic principles of republican government, and the rule of law if we attempted to nullify the people’s vote based on unsupported theories of fraud. Under the laws that we wrote and voted upon, Arizona voters choose who wins, and our system requires that their choice be respected.
Bowers has continued to stand firm even though after MAGA heads got their ridiculous audit and found nothing, they still just want to do away the popular vote in their state. Last month more than a dozen Arizona lawmakers tried to push through a bill that would give the “Republican-controlled Legislature the power to unilaterally reject the results of an election and force a new one.” Bowers made sure to have it very publicly scuttled, sending it to “not one but 12 committees, effectively dooming it.”
There seem to be fewer and fewer GOP officials with the gumption of Bowers these days, in part because they’ve allowed the poisonous weeds of bigotry and fear to grow up so high around them that their party has begun to sprout bargain basement fascists. Ginni Thomas is one such bargain basement fascist. But unlike many others, she has a fancy house and fancy cars and fancy clothes, and the ear of a judge who has the power to help destroy our democracy.
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