According to the Los Angeles Times, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) stated on Wednesday that the slate of Republican candidates running in the defeated California recall effort were "disastrous" — and that voters were correct to keep Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
"I think voters made the right decision," said Schwarzenegger "It's better to stay with someone who you know what they're going to do, rather than someone who comes in wacky and is changing everything around." He added, however, that he hopes the recall will be a "wake-up call" for Newsom that "makes him perform better."
The California recall ended in defeat for the Republican Party, with initial results showing Newsom on track to win by double digits.
The main contender among Republicans to replace Newsom was Larry Elder, a right-wing talk radio host who has come under criticism for his comments about women and his vow to end COVID-19 public health restrictions. Other candidates included John Cox, a businessman who toured the state with a live bear, and former Olympian and transgender media personality Caitlyn Jenner.
Thomas delivered the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, where he complained about media criticism, The Washington Postreported.
"I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that's the way you always will come out. They think you're for this or for that. They think you become like a politician," Thomas said.
"That's a problem. You're going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions," he said.
A second Postreport on the speech noted Thomas' remarks on the ongoing mistrust of the court.
"The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous," Thomas said. "And I think that's problematic."
The newspaper noted the lecture was interrupted by protesters who yelled, "I still believe Anita Hill."
On Thursday, CBS News reported that intelligence officials with the Department of Homeland Security are warning of "online threats of violence" connected to the "Justice for J6" rally planned for September 18.
"The bulletin produced by DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis and shared with state, local, tribal and territorial partners on Thursday 'assess[es] that some individuals involved in or opposed to the 'Justice for J6' rally planned for 18 September at Union Square (which encompasses the U.S. Capitol) in Washington, D.C., may seek to engage in violence but lack indications of a specific or credible plot associated with the event,'" reported Nicole Sganga.
Although officials continue to monitor the threats, other reports suggest that turnout may be far lower at this event than the original attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, protective fencing has gone up at the Capitol complex and members of Congress are currently in recess.
The "Justice for J6" rally is being held in support of the Capitol rioters currently being held in custody, whom right-wing activists have claimed are "political prisoners."