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Ginni Thomas, Wife Of SCOTUS Justice, Apologizes For Causing Trouble With Pro-Trump Remarks

Ginni Thomas has perpetuated common conservative conspiracy theories for years now, and her husband has reportedly never recused himself from a Supreme Court case based on her lobbying efforts.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (R) and Virginia Thomas arrive for the State Dinner at The White House honoring Australian PM Morrison on September 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Getty Images
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (R) and Virginia Thomas arrive for the State Dinner at The White House honoring Australian PM Morrison on September 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Getty Images

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, conservative activist and spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has apologized to an email list of the judge’s staff for causing contention after making pro-Trump remarks, including on the day of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, the Washington Post reported.

“I owe you all an apology. I have likely imposed on you my lifetime passions,” Ginni wrote to the list that reportedly includes Thomas’ staff across his three decades on the nation’s highest court. “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.”

The Post reported that several former clerks, who remained anonymous, said Ginni caused consternation in “what is normally an affable setting meant to celebrate achievements of the clerk ‘family’” when she shared pro-Trump messages before and after the election. The Post added: “She does not appear to have made public comments about the election results while the Supreme Court disposed of Trump-related challenges.”

Separately, posts on Ginni’s Facebook page on January 6 have attracted scorn from progressives.

In a couple posts screenshotted by Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern, Ginni encouraged attendees at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C. that turned into a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, leaving five people including a Capitol police officer dead. According to Slate, she added an update to the post two days later that said, “[Note: written before violence in US Capitol].” Her Facebook is also no longer visible.

Ginni has perpetuated other common conservative conspiracy theories over the past few years, including that a “coup” led by billionaire George Soros targeted Trump. She has derived some of these theories from anti-vaccination groups on Facebook, Slate reported. Despite her conservative lobbying efforts — including against the Affordable Care Act, which Trump tried to repeal via the Supreme Court — Justice Thomas “has never recused himself because of his wife’s public comments about an issue,” The Post reported.

Ginni’s apology comes as the Republican party has descended into division between pro-Trump loyalists who have promoted the former president’s election fraud conspiracies, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and other long-serving lawmakers such as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the president.

“I would ask those of you on the contrary side to have grace and mercy on those on my side of the polarized world, and feel free to call and talk to me individually about where I failed you as a friend here. I probably need more tutoring,” Ginni reportedly wrote to the email list. “Otherwise, on behalf of both of us, be assured of our love for each of you.”

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