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Former President Donald Trump is reportedly nervous that his own Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will significantly hurt his chances to win the 2024 election.
Because of this, Trump has maintained a "calculated silence" over the issue, which he fears will be used by Democrats as a cudgel against him.
The former president is also worried that some of the conservative movement's most fanatical anti-abortion activists could be a turn-off to moderate voters in the coming years.
"In recent days, Trump has told some of his allies and counselors that “suburban women” and other key voting groups don’t like hearing about the issue, as they are simply more pro-choice than the mainstream of the Republican Party and conservative movement," the publication writes. "He has also told several associates that if he went too hard now on the topic of overturning Roe, it would give his enemies the chance to 'use it against' him."
That said, it is unlikely that Trump will be able to escape blame on the issue, as he picked three of the five Supreme Court justices who are likely to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in the coming weeks.
'Sordid, corrupt, lawless': Experts call new Ginni Thomas revelations 'breathtaking' and ask 'what did her husband know?'
The latest revelations about the actions of Ginni Thomas, the far right wing activist, lobbyist, and spouse of a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice who had unprecedented access to the Trump White House are leading experts to demand Clarence Thomas' recusal while calling the combination of their actions "breathtaking corruption," and noting the Justice's extraordinary hypocrisy.
Later Friday morning The Washington Post reported that Ginni Thomas pressed two Arizona lawmakers to overturn the will of Arizona's voters in the 2020 presidential election by choosing a "clean" slate of electors, representing Donald Trump and not Joe Biden. The Post notes Thomas did not mention any candidate by name but reports "the context was clear."
“Before you choose your state’s Electors ... consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead,” an email bearing Ginni Thomas' name, sent to the Arizona lawmakers, reads.
It included a link to a video of a man delivering a message meant for swing-state lawmakers, urging them to “put things right” and “not give in to cowardice.”
“You have only hours to act,” said the speaker, who is not identified in the video.
Thomas also pressed Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to work to overturn the election, as has been widely reported.
Her efforts, combined with Justice Thomas' actions on the Supreme Court, amount to "breathtaking corruption," writes Slate's legal expert Mark Joseph Stern.
"The conflict of interest between Ginni and Clarence Thomas has never been greater. While Clarence was applying the 'independent state legislature doctrine' from the bench, Ginni was using the exact same theory to try to overturn the 2020 election. Just breathtaking corruption," Stern says.
Clarence Thomas' continued service on the Supreme Court is a scandalous and appalling breach of judicial ethics. He is implementing the exact same theories that his wife used to try to steal the 2020 election for Trump. It is sordid, corrupt, and lawless in the extreme.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 20, 2022
To be clear, I put “independent state legislature doctrine” in quotes because it’s a baseless theory that shouldn’t be taken seriously. It is precisely what Ginni Thomas describes in that email, though she didn’t use the academic name for it. Read more: https://t.co/6Hwvb1Q6ES
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 20, 2022
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance, now an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and law professor, issued a strong warning:
"Either Justice Thomas recuses in every case that comes to the Court where his wife is heavily involved in the action or the public’s confidence in the Court will be damaged beyond repair."
Reuters reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court, Lawrence Hurley:
"I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them," Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni's husband, said last week https://t.co/MQNH8YDupn
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) May 20, 2022
Former federal corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder, who is president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says it is "outrageous" Justice Thomas has refused to recuse:
"New evidence that Ginni Thomas's participation in efforts to overturn the 2020 election was even greater than we knew; in this case pressure on AZ legislators to overturn that state's vote. Makes it even more outrageous that Justice Thomas did not recuse."
"Wow!" exclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. "Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona legislators to overturn Biden's win and choose a 'clean slate of electors.' In other words, she supported a coup to overthrow an elected president. What did her husband know?"
Economist and frequent political commentator David Rothschild observes, "Ginni Thomas was conspiring with high ranking Republicans to overturn [the] republic, and her husband was either privy to or actively involved in this conspiracy before using his position to coverup his wife’s role."
Former SDNY Asst. U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli sums up:
"clean slate of Electors" = sedition Ginni Thomas = psycho https://t.co/UGygIBpaPu
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) May 20, 2022
An Oklahoma man threatened to shoot a Black couple during a racist tirade outside a fast food restaurant.
Court records show Michael Southerland pulled up behind the couple as they waited in line at a Wendy's drive-thru in northwest Oklahoma City, and police said he became angry and impatient, reported KFOR-TV.
“The person behind them began getting upset, honking their horns, yelling at them, even yelling some racial slurs toward them,” said Mgst. Gary Knight, of Oklahoma City police.
Southerland was holding a black pistol pointed at the couple, court documents show, and security cameras allegedly show him pulling back the slide as if to load a round into the chamber.
“I’ll shoot you, you f*cking n*ggers,” Southerland said, according to investigators. “That’s what is wrong with the United States. Go back to Africa.”
Police issued an arrest warrant for Southerland, whom the couple said they had never seen before and considered "dangerous."
Southerland was charged with felony pointing a firearm and malicious harassment based on race.