Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas' wife called GOP lawmakers 'pathetic' for not challenging the 2020 election results

Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas' wife called GOP lawmakers 'pathetic' for not challenging the 2020 election results
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas arrive at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021.Drew Angerer/Getty Image
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife called GOP lawmakers who didn't challenge the 2020 election results "pathetic."
  • Ginni Thomas texted then-White House chief of staff Meadows, expressing frustration about the lack of rallying behind Trump.

Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a longtime conservative activist and wife to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, called Republican lawmakers who didn't challenge the 2020 election results "pathetic," The Washington Post reported Thursday.

In a November 10, 2020, text to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Thomas expressed frustration at the lack of Republicans uniting behind President Donald Trump and his claims that the 2020 election was stolen and rigged because of widespread voter fraud. There is no evidence to support the claims, and federal, state, and local officials have repeatedly said the 2020 race was fair and accurate.

In the aftermath of the election, Trump and his close Republican allies had launched legal challenges to overturn the results in several states, which ultimately failed.

"House and Senate guys are pathetic too... only 4 GOP House members seen out in street rallies with grassroots... Gohmert, Jordan, Gosar, and Roy," Thomas texted Meadows, seemingly referencing GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Chip Roy of Texas, per The Post. Each of the lawmakers later voted to object to the certification of the 2020 election results on January 6, 2021, except Roy, who criticized Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot.

"Where the heck are all those who benefited by Presidents coattails?!!!" Thomas wrote to Meadows.


The text messages are among the thousands that the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot received from Meadows as part of its probe, CNN first reported on Thursday. The committee has a total of 29 texts exchanged between Thomas and Meadows between November 2020 and January 2021. In the messages, Thomas had repeatedly urged Meadows not to let Trump concede the election and to pursue efforts to overturn it.

The newly revealed texts come after Thomas recently acknowledged in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that she attended the January 6, 2021 "Stop the Steal" rally at the Ellipse near the White House. Yet, she said she got cold and left early before Trump gave his speech and his supporters eventually stormed the Capitol.

Thomas in that same interview said she and her husband Clarence "have our own separate careers and our own ideas and opinions too."

"Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work," she said.