Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, addresses false allegations of involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The left has long hated and routinely attacked conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but now some of that incessant hostile fire has been aimed at his wife, conservative activist Virginia Thomas.

One avenue of attack has been allegations that she was involved in organizing and planning 2021’s Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but Thomas just made it clear in a recent interview that she had absolutely nothing to do with the events that occurred that day, the Washington Examiner reported.

In fact, despite what some in the media have claimed, Thomas only briefly attended a peaceful rally at the Ellipse in Washington D.C. on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, returning home long before any of the violence erupted some distance away and hours later outside the Capitol building.

Attended peaceful rally but went home prior to riot

The Washington Free Beacon spoke to “Ginni” Thomas in an exclusive interview where she sought to set the record straight both with regard to the Jan. 6 allegations as well as leftist demands that Justice Thomas recuse himself from any cases involving amicus briefs from organizations that his wife is involved with.

With regard to Jan. 6, Thomas said she did initially attend the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse in the morning but soon grew cold and left to return home even before then-President Donald Trump showed up to deliver his speech that day.

“I was disappointed and frustrated that there was violence that happened following a peaceful gathering of Trump supporters on the Ellipse on Jan. 6,” Thomas told the Free Beacon.

“There are important and legitimate substantive questions about achieving goals like electoral integrity, racial equality, and political accountability that a democratic system like ours needs to be able to discuss and debate rationally in the political square. I fear we are losing that ability,” she added.

Not involved in organizing or planning Capitol riot

The Free Beacon noted that some media outlets had falsely reported in the days immediately after the riot that Thomas had played a key role in helping to organize and plan the events that transpired that day, but those reports were quickly debunked, including even by the left-leaning PolitiFact.

“I played no role with those who were planning and leading the Jan. 6 events,” Thomas told the Free Beacon. “There are stories in the press suggesting I paid or arranged for buses. I did not. There are other stories saying I mediated feuding factions of leaders for that day. I did not.”

She further revealed that, while she is a board member of numerous conservative organizations, her role is typically one of an advisory or consultant nature and she plays no part in the day-to-day operations or event planning of any of the groups she is associated with — an explanation that also applies to the leftist demands that Justice Thomas recuse himself from certain cases such groups are involved in.

Staying in their respective lanes

“Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America,” Thomas told the Free Beacon. “But we 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.”

“The legal lane is my husband’s — I never much enjoyed reading briefs and judicial opinions anyway and am quite happy to stay out of that lane,” she added. “We do not discuss cases until opinions are public — and even then, our discussions have always been very general and limited to public information.”

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