Clarence Thomas Is Moving Closer to the Trumpist Fringe. His Wife Ginni Is Already There. - 2018-04-10
Clarence Thomas is a Supreme Court justice whose former clerks form the intellectual backbone of the Trump administration. His wife Ginni Thomas is a firebrand conservative activist who lobbies on behalf of causes that occasionally come before the Supreme Court. Neither has ever been shy about promoting their far-right views. Recently, though, their behavior has gotten decidedly Trumpier.
Start with Ginni, who has a long history of defending her husband's positions in the political arena. In 2009, she founded a Tea Party lobbying group called Liberty Central to support Republicans and oppose President Barack Obama's "hard-left agenda." Liberty Central was initially funded by just two anonymous donors and focused its efforts on fighting the Affordable Care Act. Ginni left the group in 2010, but re-emerged months later as the head of a different lobbying firm, Liberty Consulting, doing largely the same work. She also joined the Daily Caller as a columnist. (In January, she interviewed her husband for a Daily Caller video.)
This work was brazenly partisan but also vaguely respectable. Ginni operated in combative conservative circles and sometimes crossed the line, as when she called Anita Hill to request an apology for "what you did with my husband." Yet she refrained from openly embracing the fringe right—the birthers and secessionists at the edge of the GOP. Many progressives argued that Ginni's advocacy was improper in light of her husband's position. But the spouses of federal judges are allowed to have their own lives and careers, and Ginni's views should not automatically be imputed to her husband.