Ginni Thomas, the right-wing activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pushed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to work to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to texts obtained by the Jan. 6 committee. CNN first reported that the committee was in possession of texts between Thomas and Meadows. The Washington Post and CBS News then revealed that the texts concerned efforts to overturn the election results.
The Post notes that the committee is in possession of 21 such texts sent by Thomas to Meadows in the wake of the Nov. 2020 election. “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice,” one sent on Nov. 10 reads. “The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
Thomas, in another text, called for quack attorney and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell to be “the lead and the face” of Trump’s legal effort to fight the election results. Trump often mentioned a potential Supreme Court ruling as part of the effort. The Post notes that the messages Thomas sent to Meadows did not mention Clarence Thomas or the Supreme Court.
In keeping with her push to elevate Powell, Thomas texted Meadows about multiple conspiracy theories popular among QAnon adherents, including that Trump had watermarked ballots in an effort to root out fraud, and that those who perpetrated this nonexistent fraud were in the process of being rounded up and sent to Guantanamo Bay. “Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition,” Thomas wrote on Nov. 5.
Thomas continued to press Meadows about refusing to “cave to the elites,” making “a plan” and getting ready to “Releasing the Kraken,” and “bucking up” and “strengthening the spirit” of his “team on the inside.” The committee is also reportedly in possession of a text Thomas sent Meadows after the riot at the Capitol. “We are living through what feels like the end of America,” she wrote. “Most of us are disgusted with the VP and are in listening mode to see where to fight with our teams. Those who attacked the Capitol are not representative of our great teams of patriots for DJT!!”
Meadows attorney, George Terwilliger III, confirmed to the Post that messages exist, but claimed nothing about them “presents any legal issues.”
Ginni Thomas’ activism, particularly surrounding Jan. 6, has been of growing concern considering her husband’s place on the Supreme Court. Thomas admitted earlier this month that she attended the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol, claiming that she doesn’t involve her husband in her career in politics and that she doesn’t influence his on the Supreme Court. It’s a dubious claim, however, as Thomas invoked her husband in an effort to woo Florida Governor Ron DeSantis into participating in an event hosted by a conservative group. Thomas wrote that her husband had been communicating with DeSantis, which is concerning in and of itself.
Hunter Walker, who has reported extensively on the “Stop the Steal” rally for Rolling Stone, tweeted earlier this month that multiple sources told him they believe they saw Thomas at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 6. “That’s the hotel where rally planners had a headquarters and the Trump allies working to overturn the election had a ‘command center,'” Walker wrote.
Walker reported earlier this week for Rolling Stone that Meadows was involved in efforts to get Trump supporters to march to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and that he and others wanted to “direct the people down there and make it look like they went down there on their own.”
The Post notes that Jan. 6 committee members and aides believe the 29 messages exchanged between Thomas and Meadows — 21 from Thomas, 8 from Meadows — may only be a portion of their post-election communications.