Clarence Thomas' Wife Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About a Soros-Backed "Coup" - 2018-05-07
Ginni Thomas is at it again. On Saturday, the conservative activist and lobbyist—and spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—shared a meme on her Facebook page accusing Democrats of engaging in "a silent coup, not just against Trump, but also against the very premises of our constitutional republic." The meme, which came from the Citizens [sic] Mandate, featured an image of George Soros, the liberal donor often at the center of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about malign "globalist" machinations. Americans, the meme declared, "will decide if they want to reward those who are engaged in [the] silent coup" at the ballot box in November.
Ginni has long been on the far-right fringe of the conservative movement, but in recent months, she's escalated her rhetoric against perceived political enemies. She has alleged that President Barack Obama "rigged" (unsuccessfully) the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton and that Robert Mueller is "going to fabricate whatever fake scandals [are] needed to take down Trump." But by sharing this "coup" language, Thomas has taken an aggressive new stance—one that yet again creates thorny ethical issues for her husband.
Let's say a 2018 race were contested all the way to SCOTUS. In light of the fact that, as part of her lobbying work, Ginni has claimed that Democrats are engaged in a "coup" that must be thwarted to save "our constitutional republic," should Clarence Thomas recuse? Under federal law, the answer is likely yes. And if Clarence Thomas served on any other court, Ginni Thomas' posts might compel him to. But because he sits on the Supreme Court, there is simply no way to make him respect his ethical duties.