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 overturn the results of the 2020 election.
In a four-and-a-half-hour meeting with investigators Thursday, Thomas discussed her marriage to the conservative justice, claiming in an opening statement obtained by CNN that she “didn’t talk 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 committee investigating the attack on the US capitol after text exchanges she had with the then White House chief of staff House, Mark Meadows on the election. allegations of fraud surfaced during the ongoing congressional investigation.
Thomas had “significant concerns about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election. And, as she told the committee, her minimal and ordinary activity focused on ensuring that reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated,” her attorney Mark Paoletta said after her closed-door hearing testimony.
During a campaign appearance in Michigan, Trump claimed that Thomas told the House panel “she still believes the 2020 election was stolen,” and praised her because “she didn’t wilt under pressure.”
“Do you know Ginni Thomas?” the former president asked the crowd. “She didn’t say, ‘Oh, well, I’d like to not get involved.’ It was, of course, a wonderful choice.’ It was a fake and stolen election. She didn’t wait and sat down and said, ‘Well, maybe let me give you an answer other than [what] I’ve been saying for the last two years.’”
“No, no,” Trump continued, “She didn’t buckle under pressure like so many others who are weak people and stupid people… She said what she thought, she said what she believed.”
Thomas, who has previously criticized the Jan. 6 House investigation, has long been a prominent figure in conservative activism — and has even become a persistent irritant to some Trump White House officials as she sought to install friends and allies in senior administration roles throughout 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, though CNN previously reported that her direct interactions with the former president were fairly limited beyond that meeting.
But on Saturday, Trump praised Thomas as “a great woman,” comparing her to countless former aides and allies who have admitted in their own statements to the House of Representatives panel that they themselves did not believe Trump’s allegations of voter fraud after the 2020 election.
Thomas said she “never talked” with her husband about “any of the legal challenges to the 2020 election,” addressing ethical questions raised in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last year in a case related to the 6 .January. Thomas and Meadows repeatedly wrote about overturning 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 got in.”