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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Thomas Controversy: Connections

Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses the state of the partiesThe state of the GOP is not good. Trump and his minions falsely claimed that he won the election, and have kept repeating the Big Lie And we now know how close he came to subverting the Constitution.  

She has served as a director of CNP Action, the dark-money branch of the deep-pocketed and well-connected Council for National Policy. To put things in context, at least six current or former CNP members helped promote “Stop the Steal” rallies. Brent Bozell IV, son of the CNP gold circle member Brent Bozell III, was arrested for storming the Capitol.

And then there is John Eastman, who clerked for her husband. Eastman finds himself at the center of the post-January 6 storm. He was a member of the Trump war room at the Willard hotel and begged Mike Pence not to certify the election. Eastman was up to his eyeballs in muck. Pence’s chief counsel, Greg Jacob, wrote him: “Thanks to your bullshit, we are now under siege.”

Undeterred, Eastman replied: “The ‘siege’ is because YOU and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so that the American people can see for themselves what happened.” These days, Eastman invokes his right against self-incrimination and battles congressional oversight.

The Thomases have a personal grudge against President Biden. Matt London at Fox News (2020):

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas revealed what he really thought about then-Senator Joe Biden and the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings, in a new documentary premiering in select theaters on Friday, Jan. 31.

"One of the things you do in hearings is you have to sit there and look attentively at people [who] you know have no idea what they are talking about," said Thomas in a clip of "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words."  
The film's producers, Michael Pack and Gina Cappo Pack, interviewed the justice and his wife, Virginia Thomas, for more than 30 hours about their lives, his legacy and the hearings that nearly derailed his nomination and indelibly marked his public reputation.
On "Fox and Friends" on Monday, Pack said that Thomas understood that Biden was trying to trip him up -- however clumsily.

"Joe Biden was asking Justice Thomas questions about natural law. But in the complexities of the natural law debate, Justice Thomas really felt it was just a way to get him to talk about abortion," said Pack.

"I understood what he was trying to do," continued Thomas in the film. "I didn't really appreciate it."

Bess Levin at Vanity Fair:

For anyone familiar with Ginni Thomas, the idea that she would write and send a series of batshit-crazy text messages should not come as a surprise; in 2010, nearly 20 years after her husband’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, Ginni left a voicemail for Anita Hill, who had decades prior told the Senate Judiciary committee that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed while he was her supervisor at the Department of Education, demanding an apology. In the message, which was left on Hill’s work phone (!), Ginni said: “Good morning, Anita Hill. It’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray on this, and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. Okay, have a good day.” Hill told The New York Times that she would not be apologizing because she told the truth all those years ago. But more on Hill and Clarence later.