Sen. Josh Hawley pushed back on left-wing Democrats who are demanding that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas be punished — impeached, actually — for text messages sent by his wife by taking a page from their own playbook.
Leftist Dems have called on Thomas to resign or be impeached following reports by CBS News and the Washington Post that his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, exchanged 29 text messages with Mark Meadows after the 2020 election.
“Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!” Ginni reportedly said in messages to Meadows days after the 2020 contest as news organizations began to call the race for Joe Biden. “You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
The Blaze notes:
The text messages, which neither cite Justice Thomas nor refer to the Supreme Court, were mostly sent in November 2020 and urged then-President Donald Trump to continue fighting the certification of the election. One text message was sent the day after the Jan. 6 riots.
Democrats immediately seized on the text message as evidence that Justice Thomas has engaged in unethical or compromising behavior. However, no evidence has surfaced corroborating the accusations. Justice Thomas and his wife have long maintained they keep their work separate and do not discuss work-related matters.
In an exchange with a CNN reporter on Monday, Hawley, a Missouri Republican, noted that Dems’ reactions are “kind of misogynistic” because they link Justice Thomas and his wife in a manner that left-wing ‘progressive’ and feminist ideologies don’t actually permit.
“She’s an independent, adult woman, it just seems a little strange to me all of these calls for her husband to be what, like, minding her better? Frankly, I think it’s kind of misogynistic,” Hawley said.
Hawley: “She’s an independent, adult woman, it just seems a little strange to me all of these calls for her husband to be what, like, minding her better? Frankly, I think it’s kind of misogynistic.”
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“She’s a private individual,” he added when asked if the text messages concern him. “He’s a justice on the US Supreme Court, but I think this idea that he is somehow automatically responsible for everything she says — what does that mean? Does she have to get his permission?”
Asked if he has concern over the texts, Hawley said: “She’s a private individual. He’s a justice on the US Supreme Court, but I think this idea that he is somehow automatically responsible for everything he says – what does that mean? Does she have to get his permission?”
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Earlier Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hit back at leftist attempts to target Thomas.
“This is a political hit, part of liberals’ years-long quest to delegitimize the court,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.
The Federalist’s Tristan Justice adds that the left’s hatred of Thomas is decades old:
The left’s racist disdain for Justice Thomas has never been a well-kept secret by a virulent left frustrated by the mere existence of a black conservative, let alone one on the high bench. Attacks on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record on lenient sentencing for child sex crimes are cruel and racist. Baseless criticism of Justice Thomas is warranted, however, for his political heresy, starting with his own confirmation process three decades ago.
Also, as reported Tuesday in the outlet by former Thomas Law Clerk Wendy Long, judges are never asked to recuse themselves over political views, whether their own or their spouse’s.
“Leftists in Congress and the media hyperventilate over every tidbit showing that Justice Thomas’s wife, Ginni, is involved in national conservative politics – most recently, that she pushed for integrity in the 2020 election,” Long wrote. “This isn’t news, and it has nothing to do with Justice Thomas’s ability to be a fair and impartial jurist.”