Years before she became one of Ginny Thomas was then-President Donald Trump’s most prominent coup supporter. already notorious in its west wing for, among other things, ruining employees’ afternoons by driving Trump into fits. of vindictive fury.
“We all knew that a few minutes after Ginny left her meeting with president, he start scream about firing people for be disloyal, said former senior Trump administration official. “When Jeannie Thomas showed up, you knew your day was ruined.
Since she became a welcome guest at the Trump residence, Thomas has been an influential and longtime conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has perfected a proven formula of passion for and manipulation of the president’s emotions and mood. Several times in the Trump era Thomas show up in white house sometimes for but private meeting or lunch with the president. She often came armed with written notes of who she and her allies believed Trump should Hiring for plum jobs – and who she thought trump should immediately purge, which she handed out to Trump and other high-ranking government officials.
fire lists were particularly problematic as they were often based on pure guess, hearsay or score- a village where even the stubborn assistants of the MAGA were a target for be a part of “Deep State” or some other supposedly anti-Trump coalition, according to people who saw them during the Trump administration. Hiring lists were filled so often with notorious bigots and conspiracy theorists, deplorably qualified names and apparent close friends of Thomas, several senior Trump’s aides will laugh at them, that is, until Trump force his staff to put certain names through official verification process, three familiar sources with said the thing.
During the Trump years, these notes would have amazed various administration officials, including those working in White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO). A little of these officials observed that since Trump term let’s go onThomas’s lists will be more and more frequent feature disproportionate share of names more suitable for guest line OAN-up than any functionality government. (Honestly, long before Jeannie Thomas became a regular guest, Trump used to hire people because they entertained or excited him, via Fox and other cable-news appearance.)
Officials in PPO annotated fields regularly of Thomas’ hire lists, usually including one line for each rejected name, explaining why potential employees are not work out. A little failed background checks or suffered robberies for security checks. Other annotations noted that a particular person had been offered a job. in the Trump administration but turned it around down for whatever reason.
Sometimes reason for preemptive denial by the White House despite Thomas and Trump best efforts were more outlandish. According to the man who reviewed one of thomas lists, one annotation for The MAGA job candidate noted that this person made too many extreme or offensive jokes on social media that were still visible.
Other of these annotations claimed that one recommendation for The Trump administration’s position was, in fact a suspected foreign intelligence asset or spy.
Thomas did not respond to inquiries for comment on this story.
Over the years, some of specific names that Thomas collected and passed on to Trump and his West Wing have been leaked out to the press. Among them were Fox News character Dan Bongino and Trump-adoring Sheriff David Clark.
And two sources with knowledge of The fact is that Thomas unsuccessfully advised the then president to hire Frank Gaffney.
Gaffney, A. former Pentagon official in the Reagan administration past two decades spanning some of in more absurd conspiracy theories circulate in extreme right. He accused conservative tax fighter Grover Norquist of being secret agent for Muslim Brotherhood and believes that American opponents are working on secret electric device- toasting weapons with “electromagnetic pulse” to destroy America back to the pre-industrial era.
Democrats furious at Clarence Thomas but have no idea what to do about it
“Those damn lists were so crazy and unworkable,” said one former Trump White House official who had to deal with it personally. with notes provided by Thomas and admiration for Trump with them. “Many of they dripped with paranoia and reading like they were written disturbed human.”
After Thomas left soon cause variety of government personnel- West Wing brass, national security assistants, lawyers and other subordinates, depending on on proximity or chance – let them know that he just spoke to Ginny.
Trump would then identify official- or, sometimes, he thundered off line of names—who he said he should be fired “immediately”, according to people familiar with cause.
when they could leave with this, a few of these trump administration hands will slow walk these thomas-inspired firing directives, and wait until Trump invariably forgets about it, cools off and moves on to other fixations and grips. Others will try to appease Trump down themselves, advising their boss change your mind by telling him that firing or a big purge in middle of Trump term make it look bad or attract negative media Attention.
Thomas interaction with the Trump administration has on but new significance, as on January 6, the House Select Committee released text messages saying she was calling on Chief Trump of Mark Meadows staff help cancel the 2020 elections. Members of The committee is now trying to interview Thomas, whose efforts to cancel the 2020 election included attending a “Stop theft” rally. on National mall day of insurrection.
“Trump enjoyed talking to Ginny so much because he liked hearing about who was Never Trumper, or presumably one. He loved people who would flatter him [as Ginni would do]” said Stephanie Grisham, once a top Trump aide in the White House. who since then very public the fall-out with ex-president. “But also his obsession with devotion aside, he just loved to gossip – all the time. Is that something else he got out of his series of meetings at the White House with Jeannie Thomas.
In text messages released by the committee last For a month, Thomas defended Sidney Powell, a Kraken lawyer whose campaign conspiracy theories were so outlandish they earned her a billiondollar defamation suit, contempt of ordinary Republican officials and Michigan court sanctions. At that time a number of Trump aides tried distance President from Powell because of her increasingly outlandish comments about bogus election fraud. However, Thomas urged Meadows not to give in to the mainstream Republicans. New York Times.
In her texts with Trump Consigliere, Thomas also showed tenderness for Steve Pechenik, far-right pundit and former co-author of Tom Clancy, whose conspiracy theories and false claims were so far-fetched that even InfoWars briefly kicked him out of appearance on in network. Before he started spreading fake watermark scam stories…catching ballots this earned Supporting Thomas, Pechenik promoted QAnon conspiracy theories, claimed to have arrested Pope Francis, and spread fictitious stories about famous mass shootings, false flags.
During the Obama administration, Thomas and Gaffney participated in but conservative a messaging effort known as “Groundswell”. groupinformal network of conservative journalists, experts and politicians, usually met in offices of right-wing activist group Judicial clock to coordinate conversations points oppose the Obama administration’s agenda and plot to overthrow of supposedly moderate Republicans like Karl Rove from the wider conservative motion.
Election fraud guru Jeannie Thomas claims to have arrested the Pope
Revelation of texts by Thomas with Meadows prompted the January 6 Committee to seek an interview with her, according to CNN, but those efforts were far from successful. of in more legally binding option of subpoena.
Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are divided. over how deal with thomas cameo in scandal on January 6th. A little, like Oregon Senator Ron Wyden called for Thomas pulls out of cases related to January 6, while others like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for him to step down or be impeached.
But the downside of democratic supermajority in The Senate doesn’t mean either of The Thomases will probably have to give up their work just yet.
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