Different Republicans have complete confidence in a judiciary official whose spouse approves of the previous president’s push for free and fair voting.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in endorsing Clarence Thomas.
“I admire and respect Clarence Thomas. I think he has been a great Supreme Court justice and Clarence Thomas, in my opinion, will always do the right thing,” the senator told Fox News Sunday. “I have watched Clarence Thomas for [so many] years that I have always seen him do the right thing.”
The U.S. Supreme Court associate justice recently came under scrutiny because his wife, Virginia Thomas, supports Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Namely, she text-messaged these sentiments to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The woman also declared she attended the 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally and described the subsequent Capitol riots as a shocking experience.
“I was disappointed and frustrated that there was violence that happened following a peaceful gathering of Trump supporters on the Ellipse on January 6,” she previously said.
She believes Trump was entirely within his rights to question the election outcome.
“There are important and legitimate substantive questions about achieving goals like electoral integrity, racial equality, and political accountability that a democratic system like ours needs to be able to discuss and debate rationally in the political square,” she said. “I fear we are losing that ability.”
Virginia claimed she only briefly attended the rally before feeling cold and returning home.
Scott acknowledged Supreme Court judges were not bound by the same code of ethics that apply to their federal counterparts. However, he would not state whether he supports proposed changes from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to impose a similar code on the nation’s highest court.
“I have not seen the legislation, but I will tell you what my experience with the Supreme Court is. They are trying their best to interpret the laws [and] do the best they can,” he said according to the broadcaster.
“I do not agree with everything they do–none of us would–but I think they are trying to do the best they can,” he added.
McConnell called Thomas a “great American and an outstanding justice.”
“I have total confidence in his brilliance and impartiality in every aspect of the work of the court,” he said, according to NBC News.
McCarthy, on the other hand, does not believe the justice needs to avoid Capitol riots matters.