Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, worked to support and encourage the Trump coup attempt on January 6th, 2020. She helped fundraise for the event and attended in person. Recent reporting has revealed a slew of text messages Ginni wrote to then acting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the months leading up to the failed coup. The texts are rife with Qanon conspiracy theories, but one theme has been a consistent play of Thomas’ since Trump came to power in 2016. Her belief that some undefined deep state props up liberalism at the federal level.
“The deep state is serious, and it’s resisting President Trump,” Ginni claimed in a 2018 panel for the Council of National Policy. An organization known as a club for “a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country” by the New York Times. The deep state holds a powerful place in right wing quackery. The intent of the deep state tends to depend on how much conspiracy Kool-Aid one drinks. A deep state could represent the bureaucracy committed to the state’s institutions and preservation of civil servants in their duties to the nation. Or it could represent a cabal of elites working to obstruct and resist popular elections or policies.
Ginni Thomas is the wife of a judge entering his third decade on the nation’s highest court. She is a Republican activist with ties to the most important conservative organizations and networks. She was able to hold personal conversations with the White House Chief of Staff and even senior advisor to the President, Jared Kushner. She is currently under scrutiny for aiding, supporting, and attending an event that led to a violent insurrection on the U.S Capitol in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election. Ginni Thomas is the Deep State she so fears.
I’ve stated before that projection is the core of Trumpism. In short, whatever ill they are accusing Democrats, immigrants, or the media of using is more often than not their own externalization of guilt. Ginni Thomas being afraid of a cabal of elites attempting to thwart American democracy is a child being afraid of their own shadow.
Ginni’s language in combating the deep state is worth studying even more, as it shows what the growing right wing of the GOP is willing to do once they retake national power. When Ginni encourages Meadows with, “the most important thing you can realize right now is that there are no rules in war,” she is telling her full intentions. Win at all costs.
It is a shame that the larger political media has yet to pick up on the simple projections of Trumpism as a tell of guilt or future intent. When Paul Gosar tweeted an anime video of himself killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez it should have been treated as a real threat. When Marjorie Taylor Greene, Gosar, and others praised Hitler and Putin at the America First Political Action Conference it was time to begin addressing the very real threat of fascism they support. Madison Cawthorne said just last week that he intends to have Anthony Fauci arrested if the GOP takes back the congressional majority after the 2022 midterm elections. These people are telling you exactly who they are.
The current attacks on LGBTQ Americans should not be taken lightly. Ron Desantis is looking for a scapegoat to continue his ascent towards the Presidency and fascists are more than willing to make scapegoats into targets of violence. Greene has recently been attacking Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, using language which equates homosexualtiy with pedophilia. This cabal of political elites are currently setting up an America where gay people are iradicated, dissenters imprisoned, and elections ignored.