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Miss Thomas regrets that her sincere views about the 2020 election were made public:

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told the House Jan. 6 committee that she regretted text messages and emails that she sent in the aftermath of the 2020 election to Mark Meadows, former President Donald Trump’s then-chief of staff, and others.

According to a newly released transcript of her September interview with the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, Thomas said she regretted the fact that the messages “became public.”

“I don’t know how many of you would want your texts to become public on the front page of The Washington Post,” Thomas told congressional investigators. “Certainly, I didn’t want my emotional texts to a friend released and made available.”

Thomas’s post-election correspondence first became the subject of public scrutiny earlier this year, after a trove of records that Meadows provided to the select committee was revealed to contain 29 text messages that the chief of staff had exchanged with Thomas in the days and weeks following the election. At the time the messages were sent, Trump and his allies had been promising to take their election challenges to the Supreme Court, raising potential conflict of interest issues for Justice Thomas.

In the messages, Ginni Thomas urged Meadows to make sure Trump did not concede defeat to Joe Biden, and parroted many of the falsehoods and conspiracy theories that were spreading among Trump supporters in the aftermath of the election. Among the more fringe claims pushed by Thomas was a baseless theory popular among QAnon followers that Trump watermarked mail-in ballots to track fraud, and a claim circulated on right-wing websites that, in Thomas’s retelling, the “Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators” were “being arrested & detained for ballot fraud” and would be sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention center, on the coast of Cuba, “to face military tribunals for sedition.”

Whomst among us has not gotten emotional and emoted by sending texts to the White House Chief of Staff urging him to persuade the president to install himself as dictator and send the winning presidential candidate to Gitmo? Could happen to any fascist among us, really.

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