The Obstruction of (Mrs.) Justice

Currently, two men occupy seats on the U.S. Supreme Court who, under no circumstances, should ever be referred to as “Justice.” Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh acquired their seats through multiple, interwoven forms of illegality. Nothing they say or write should ever be respected as having come from the Supreme Court.

Which brings us to Clarence Thomas.

He committed perjury to gain his seat, but most people view the process in which that perjury occurred to have been at least somewhat legitimate. G.H.W. Bush technically won a presidential election – Lee Atwater and Willie Horton notwithstanding – and Thomas actually did receive a majority vote in the Senate.

Which brings us to his wife.

President Trump met last week with a delegation of hard-right activists led by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, listening quietly as members of the group denounced transgender people and women serving in the military before accusing White House aides of blocking Trump supporters from getting jobs in the administration, according to three people with direct knowledge of the events.

It is unusual for the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice to have such a meeting with the president, and some close to Mr. Trump said it was inappropriate for Ms. Thomas to have asked for a meeting with the head of a different branch of government.

Ms. Thomas, whose group, Groundswell, meets weekly, joined others in prayer at the start of the meeting, and some members of the group prayed at different points as the meeting continued. At one point, Mr. Trump pulled in his daughter Ivanka, a West Wing adviser, saying she would be beloved if she were serving a liberal president, instead of getting negative news coverage.

One woman in the group argued that women should not serve in the military because they do not have the physical capacity that men do, according to the people familiar with the events.

This isn’t the first time her unabashed hatred for people who do not believe exactly as she does has become disturbingly evident.

Or the second…

Or the third…

No anti-trans ruling that emerges from a Supreme Court that contains Clarence Thomas as a deciding fifth vote should be respected as a valid holding by a Supreme Court majority.

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