AOC, Other Democrats Call on Clarence Thomas to Resign in Wake of Wife's Texts

  • Michael Foust Crosswalk Headlines Contributor
  • Updated Mar 30, 2022
AOC, Other Democrats Call on Clarence Thomas to Resign in Wake of Wife's Texts

At least five House Democrats have called on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign or face impeachment in light of archived text messages showing that his wife wanted the 2020 election results to be overturned.

Text messages from January 2020 between Ginni Thomas and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows show her advocating for Congress to name Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election.

“Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! ...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,” Ginni Thomas wrote.

According to the Washington Post, the texts were part of more than 2,000 texts that Meadows released to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Meadows served in the Trump White House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week said Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from cases involving the 2020 election or the Jan. 6 attack. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said he’s “very concerned” about the texts.

“It’s much too early to talk about either one of those,” he told Politico, referencing impeachment and censuring. “I think we have to wait and see what the Jan. 6 committee finds.”

Other Democrats, though, have gone further.

“Clarence Thomas should resign,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) tweeted. “If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.”

U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez (NY) and Hank Johnson (GA) also called on Thomas to resign.

Author and legal expert David French defended Clarence Thomas, saying his “work stands on its own.”

“1. The Ginni Thomas texts were REALLY bad. 2. Justice Thomas’s work is intellectually rigorous and bears no resemblance to his wife’s conspiracies,” French tweeted before adding, “3. He should recuse himself from any case that could involve his wife’s correspondence or activities.”


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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.