Virginia Thomas, wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to annul the 2020 presidential election – reinforcing then-President Donald Trump’s lies that free and fair voting was tainted by non-existent fraud, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News.
The 29 messages the pair exchanged came in the weeks following the November 2020 vote, as Trump and his top allies still said they planned to go to the Supreme Court to overturn his results.
The Post reported that on Nov. 10, a week after the election and three days after the Associated Press and other news outlets declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner, Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist, texted Meadows: “Help this great president stand firm, Mark!!! … You are the leader, along with him, standing up for America’s constitutional governance at the edge of the precipice. The majority knows that Biden and the left are attempting the biggest robbery in our history.
Copies of the texts – 21 sent by her, eight sent in response by Meadows – were provided to the House Select Committee investigating the deadly insurgency that saw a crowd of mostly Trump supporters invade the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The AP attempted to obtain the same information from the committee, but the committee declined to comment.
The texts do not refer directly to Thomas’s husband or to the Supreme Court. But she has previously admitted to attending Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Virginia Thomas has also previously denied conflicts of interest between her activism and her husband’s place on the high court.
Still, the posts show she was urging the highest levels of the Trump administration to try to overrule the 2020 election results — and even offering coaching to Meadows on how best to do so. Thomas urged attorney Sidney Powell, who has promoted false claims about the election, to be the “head and face” of Trump’s legal team.
Meadows’ attorney, George Terwilliger III, told The Post and CBS that neither he nor Meadows would comment on individual texts, adding, “Nothing about texting presents a legal problem.”
Judge Thomas, 73, was hospitalized for treatment of an infection. He and his wife did not respond to media request for comment.
“Don’t give in”, urges Thomas
In February 2021, the Supreme Court dismissed challenges to the election. Judge Thomas dissented, calling the decision not to hear arguments in the case “puzzling” and “inexplicable”.
In a Nov. 5 post to Meadows, Virginia Thomas cited material that had appeared on right-wing fringe websites: “The Biden crime family and voter fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, censorship mongers on social media, fake streaming media reporters, etc.) are being arrested and detained for voter fraud right now and in the days to come, and will be living in barges off GITMO [Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp] before military tribunals for sedition.
In a later text the next day, Thomas wrote to Meadows, “Don’t give in.”
The messages also suggest that Meadows was willing to continue looking for ways to overturn the election. He replied to a message from Thomas: “I will stand firm. We will fight until there is no more fighting. Our country is too precious to give up. Thank you for all you do.”
Texting between Thomas and Meadows stops after Nov. 24, 2020. But the committee received another message sent Jan. 10, 2021, four days after the mob attack on the Capitol, according to the Post and CBS.
“We are living in what feels like the end of America,” Virginia Thomas wrote to Meadows.