A judiciary official’s family member openly supports Donald Trump’s quest for election integrity.
Virginia Thomas, whose husband sits on the U.S. Supreme Court, admitted she attended the 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally. She also 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 Jan. 6,” she said according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The wife of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas believes the previous president was entirely within his rights to question the 2020 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 according to the Washington Post. “I fear we are losing that ability.”
The woman claimed she only briefly attended the rally before feeling cold and returning home.
The paper contacted a Supreme Court representative for comment, but no response was received before the publishing deadline.
Federal prosecutors separately indicted Enrique Tarrio for allegedly planning to attack the U.S. Capitol Complex on the same day.
They claim the former Proud Boys chairman contacted fellow members to bring tactical gear to the nation’s capitol building, stage protests, and disrupt the electoral vote count. His members are also accused of breaching police barricades and forcing their way into the building.
“I am assuming most of the protest will be at the capital building given what is going on inside,” one Dec. 20 message said, according to court documents.
Ten days later, Tarrio sent a nine-page document entitled “1776 returns,” which allegedly contains plans to occupy House and Senate office buildings.
The accused later clarified fellow members were more interested in targeting areas outside the House, near the Capitol’s front entrance.
Hundreds of extreme protesters then smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and forced a complete evacuation of the House and Senate.
The FBI has already arrested more than 725 suspects in connection with the Capitol riots. The actual number of potential suspects could easily total up to 2,500 people.