Ginni Thomas admits she attended January 6 Stop the Steal rally - 2022-03-14
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, admitted for the first time that she attended the notorious Stop the Steal rally on January 6, 2020, which culminated in the attack on the US Capitol. The startling disclosure came during an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, and raises further questions about whether her political activism and ties to the far right constitute a conflict of interest for her husband.
In an otherwise sympathetic portrait of Ginni Thomas that sought to push back on mounting concerns that her behavior might violate ethical norms, the Free Beacon revealed that the longtime conservative activist had attended the rally on the Ellipse for a short period of time but returned home because she felt "cold," before Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. That day, Thomas posted on Facebook in support of the rally, only to later walk back her comments, noting that she had written the posts "before violence."
Thomas's hyper-partisan remarks and conservative activism have long raised eyebrows, but recent reporting from the New Yorker and the New York Times has reinvigorated discussions about whether her ties to the fringes of the right pose a problem for the Supreme Court.