Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, urged Republicans in Arizona to reverse Joe Biden’s victory there in 2020, the Washington Post reported.
Repeating Donald Trump’s lie that the vote was marred by fraud, Thomas wrote: “Please stand strong in the face of political and media pressure. Please think about the tremendous authority conferred on you by our Constitution. And then please take action to ensure that a clean slate of voters is elected for our state.”
Thomas did not mention Biden or Trump. But, the Post said, “the context was clear”.
Biden won Arizona, a swing state vital to the contest, by about 10,000 votes. The call was first made by Fox News, which infuriated Trump.
Ginni Thomas is an activist with deep ties to far-right Republicans. Reports of her involvement in Trump’s bid to remain in power have led to calls for her husband’s impeachment and removal, or at the very least, withdrawal from election-related business.
In January, Thomas was the only judge to say Trump should be able to withhold from the House committee investigating the documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, which turned out to contain texts his wife had sent to Trump’s chief of staff.
On Friday, the Post said Ginni Thomas emailed two Arizona Republicans on Nov. 9, six days after election day and two days after Biden’s victory was announced.
She also asked for a live or online meeting “so I can learn more about what you’re doing to make sure our state’s voice is monitored and our certification is clean.”
One of the lawmakers, Shawnna Bolick, replied, “Hope you and Clarence are doing well!” but averting the demand for a meeting.
The Post said Thomas replied: “Nice that this came to you! It’s just part of our campaign to help states feel the eyes of America!!!”
The Post also reported that Thomas emailed the same Republicans on Dec. 13, a day before the electoral college met to confirm Biden’s victory.
That email read, “Before you elect your state’s voters…consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead.”
The Post said the email contained a link to a video of a man who resembled Geoffrey Botkin, an activist, “delivering a message intended for swing state lawmakers, urging them to ‘make things right’.” to put in’ and ‘not to give in to cowardice’.” [and saying] “You only have a few hours to act.”
The video is no longer available. Botkin did not comment on the paper. Neither does Ginni Thomas. The Post said a Supreme Court spokesperson did not respond.
On December 14, the day the electoral college confirmed Biden’s victory, Bolick signed a letter calling for Arizona’s electoral votes to be sent to Trump. or “completely nullified until a full forensic audit can be performed”.
In 2021, Arizona Republicans conducted a controversial vote audit. It revealed no substantial electoral fraud. It did increase Biden’s margin of victory.
Also in 2021, the New Yorker reported that Bolick had introduced a bill that would “allow a majority of the legislature to overturn the popular vote … and dictate the votes of the state’s electoral college itself.”
Like Trump loyalists elsewhere, Bolick is now running for Secretary of State, the office that runs the election.
On Friday, New Yorker reporter Jane Meyer wrote tweeted “an extra detail,” which links Ginni Thomas’s Arizona relocations back to her husband.
Clarence Thomas, Meyer said, is godfather “to Clint Bolick’s child, and Bolick’s wife is the Arizona legislator who pressured Ginni Thomas to undo the 2020 election.
“No conflict of interest?”