Within 48 hours of declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election, longtime Republican operative Virginia Thomas, the wife of arch-reactionary Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, emailed two Arizona state legislators asking them to reject the popular vote and choose instead. a new pro-Trump “clean slate” of voters, according to emails obtained by the Washington Post.
The emails, obtained through a public records request, revealed that on Nov. 9, 2020, Thomas sent messages to Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (Republican-Mesa) and State Rep. Shawnna Bolick, (Republican-Phoenix) imploring them to “Do your Constitution duty!” and “standing firm in the face of political and media pressure”.
In the two emails, Thomas, who previously revealed he exchanged at least 29 text messages with Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the days before and after the failed coup, urged the two lawmakers to “take action to ensure that a clean slate of voters is chosen for our state.
“Article II of the United States Constitution gives you the heavy responsibility of choosing the voters of our state,” wrote Thomas, who is not a resident of Arizona. “It means you have the power to fight fraud and ensure our elections are free, fair and honest.”
The emails essentially explain what would become one of the main strategies implemented by Trump and his Republican co-conspirators after his election defeat. Knowing full well that Trump rightfully lost the election, Republican Party leaders, from Trump himself to his allies in Congress, the media and militia elements, spread the fascist lie that the election was “stolen” due to the prevalence of mail ballots and drop boxes.
These right-wing elements have been activated to harass Republican election officials and lawmakers to nullify the Democratic vote in the states Trump lost and take the position that the people have no constitutional right to elect a president. if not a Republican.
A Bowers spokesman, Andrew Wilder, told the To postthat Bowers “did not see, much less read…the form sent by Ms. Thomas”.
The same cannot be said of Bolick, who To post reports sent a response to Thomas the following day, November 10, 2020, telling Virginia, “Hope you and Clarence are doing well!”
Bolick, the To post wrote, also gave “advice on how to file complaints” about “voter fraud.” Bolick, who is currently running to be Arizona’s next secretary of state, has repeatedly repeated Trump’s lies that the election was stolen and was the subject of electoral ‘fraud’ massive.
Two months after Virginia Thomas emailed Bolick — before Biden was sworn in as president — the Arizona lawmaker sponsored Arizona House Bill 2720, which included a provision that would have allowed the legislature to reject the voters’ choice for president. Instead, the bill, which did not pass the committee, would have given state lawmakers the power to “revoke the issuance or certification by the Secretary of State of the Certificate of Election of a presidential elector”, by a majority vote, at any time before the president is elected. inaugurated.
Notably, Shawnna Bolick is married to Clint Bolick, who is currently an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona and a researcher at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. The Bolicks have a close relationship with the Thomases. Clint has described the Supreme Court justice in previous interviews as his “mentor.” Judge Thomas also serves as godfather to Clint’s second son.
Clarence Thomas refused to recuse himself from a case earlier this year involving Trump’s White House records that the House Jan. 6 committee was trying to access. While the other eight justices disagreed with Trump that the documents were subject to “executive privilege,” Thomas, the lone dissenter, agreed with Trump’s right to protect the documents, which included messages between Virginia Thomas and Meadows about the cancellation of the election.
In December 2020, Virginia Thomas continued to try to pressure Arizona lawmakers to reject the popular vote. In a Dec. 13, 2020, email to Bowers, a day before presidential voters are expected to gather in various state capitols to certify the Electoral College vote, Thomas wrote, “As state legislators, you have the constitutional power and authority to protect the integrity of our elections – and we need you to exercise that power now!
Thomas continued, “Never before in the history of our nation have our elections been so threatened by fraud and unconstitutional proceedings.”
As Virginia Thomas sent an email to Arizona lawmakers asking them to reject the popular vote, the 11th richest person on the planet, Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder and chairman of software company Oracle, was coordinating with Trump allies in the White House, Congress and Fox News to investigate Trump’s false claims of a “fraudulent” election.
In a separate article on Friday, the Washington Post reported that Ellison participated in a Nov. 14 conference call with Trump allies that “focused on strategies for challenging the legitimacy of the vote.”
The November 14 phone call, citing court documents and a “participant,” the To post wrote, included South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican), Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, and James Bopp Jr., an attorney for the right-wing anti-election organization” True the Vote”.
The billionaire-backed group was founded by elements affiliated with the Tea Party in 2009. After Trump’s defeat, the group played a leading role in amplifying Trump’s claims that the 2020 election had been rigged.
Ellison, the To post wrote, “became a major political broker under the Trump administration, hosting the president in 2020 for a fundraiser at his Coachella Valley estate in California and contributing millions to Republican candidates and committees, including Graham .”
The call between Ellison and Trump’s Republican allies came to light amid ongoing litigation between True the Vote and Fair Fight, a political action committee founded by Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
An anonymous source told the To post that Ellison could have participated in the call in order “to assess the allegations about the voting machines made by Sidney Powell”.
Fascinating claims by Powell that the Dominion’s voting machines were manipulated in the service of an international communist plot between Venezuela and China to undermine Trump were repeated in text messages exchanged between Meadows and Virginia Thomas. These texts were revealed earlier this year, following an admission by Virginia Thomas that she was in Washington DC at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021.
As large sections of the ruling class sought to overthrow bourgeois democracy through semi-legal and extra-parliamentary measures, Republican agents “on the ground” sought to enlist the support of far-right militias to occupy the Capitol and capture/kill. lawmakers if Republican efforts to nullify the election through state legislatures, lawsuits and the Supreme Court fail.
Friday, the New York Times revealed the existence of a Signal encrypted message chat group dubbed “Friends of Roger Stone”. Stone, like Virginia Thomas, was a Republican agent for most of her life. In the pursuit of Trump’s coup, Stone served as a link between right-wing militias, such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys who led the attack on the Capitol, and Trump’s White House itself. .
The text group, which the Time writing has been around “since at least 2019,” included several members who have since been arrested for their role in Trump’s failed coup.
While the Time did not list all 47 members of the band, among those who have been identified include Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes; former Proud Boys president Henry “Enrique” Tarrio; Infowars founder and fascist Alex Jones; Ali Alexander, Republican agent and lead organizer of “Stop the Steal”; Oath Keepers lead counsel Kellye SoRelle; and Ivan Raiklin, an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who advanced a plan dubbed the “Pence Card” that stipulated that Vice President Mike Pence could throw out voters in the state on Jan. 6.
A member of the group told the Time that the group’s “main reason” was simply “to have a place for supporters to share things,” but after Trump’s defeat, the group’s efforts focused on preventing Biden from being certified by all necessary means.
At the same time that Stone’s group was discussing their strategies, militia leader Rhodes, according to court documents, was already texting Oath Keepers in a separate Oath Keepers “Leadership Intel Chat” on November 5, 2020, to prepare “your mind, your body, your spirit” for “civil war”.
About two months later, in the early evening of January 6, 2021, after the initial attack on the Capitol failed to achieve its objectives, Rhodes, prosecutors say, was on the phone with a high-level Trump intermediary demanding that Trump invokes the Insurrection Act and that the heavily armed teams of Rhodes’ “Quick Reaction Force” stationed outside Washington DC lay siege to the Capitol.
“I just want to fight,” Rhodes said after the call.
The failure of Trump’s coup was not due to action taken by the Democratic Party, a party of Wall Street and the CIA, which proved incapable of defending Democratic rights against Republicans more increasingly fascists and their billionaire backers.
After Trump’s failed coup, Democrats sought to quell tensions between themselves and their ruling class partners in crime, rushing through the second impeachment trial without calling witnesses, which led to Trump’s acquittal in less than three days.
Instead of holding Trump and his Republican co-conspirators in Congress and the Supreme Court accountable, nearly every week Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledge their desire to see a “strong Republican Party.”