Trump defends ‘great woman’ Ginni Thomas after Jan. 6 testimony

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Former President Donald Trump praised Ginni Thomas’ “courage and strength” at a rally Saturday, days after the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas met with congressional investigators about her efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election.

During a four-and-a-half-hour meeting with investigators on Thursday, Thomas discussed her marriage with conservative justice, claiming in a CNN opening statement that she “didn’t speak to him at all about the details of my volunteer campaign activities.”

Thomas, who attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, landed on the radar of the House select committee investigating the attack on the United States Capitol after text messages she had with the then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on election fraud claims came to light during the ongoing congressional investigation.

Thomas was deeply concerned about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election and, as she told the commission, her minimal and regular activity was to ensure that reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated,” her attorney Mark Paoletta said. her testimony behind closed doors.

During a campaign appearance in Michigan, Trump claimed Thomas told the House panel “she still believes the 2020 election was stolen,” praising her for “not withering under pressure.”

“Do you know Ginni Thomas?” the former president questioned the crowd. She didn’t say, ‘Oh, well, I don’t want to get involved. It was of course a wonderful election.’ It was a rigged and stolen election. She didn’t wait and sat down and said, “Well, maybe let me give you a different answer than…” [what] I’ve said the past two years.’”

“No, no,” Trump continued, “She didn’t wither under pressure like so many others who are weak people and stupid people … She said what she thought, she said what she believed in.”

Thomas, who had previously criticized the House investigation until Jan. 6, has long been a prominent part of conservative activism — even becoming a lingering annoyance for some Trump White House officials as she tried to reach out to friends and allies. install into senior management positions during his presidency. She and her husband attended a private lunch with Trump and his wife Melania at the White House shortly after the 2018 midterms, although CNN has previously reported that her direct interactions with the former president after that meeting were quite limited.

But on Saturday, Trump praised Thomas as “a wonderful woman,” comparing her to countless former aides and allies who have admitted in their own statements to the House panel that they themselves did not believe Trump’s claims about voter fraud after the 2020 election. .

Thomas said she “never spoke” to her husband about “any of the legal challenges ahead of the 2020 election,” answering ethical questions raised last year in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in a 6-year-old case. January. Thomas and Meadows text repeatedly about undoing the election results.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the committee, said Thomas confirmed during her testimony that she still believes the election was stolen, adding that “at this point we’re glad she came in.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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