Virginia Thomas, a conservative legal activist and wife of Judge Clarence Thomas, regretted her role in the discord among former Judge Thomas jurists because of her support for President Donald J. Trump and the January 6 rally that preceded the storming. from the Capitol.
She apologized after the mob attack on the Capitol on a private mailing list called Thomas Clerk World. His comments were first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by a former justice clerk.
The list has been largely devoted to updates on families and careers, as well as household issues such as dog breeding and baking, the clerk said. But in recent weeks, heated political debates had unfolded over the list among former clerks, almost all of them Conservatives.
Former clerks, like many Republicans, were deeply divided over whether Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the election were legitimate. Some said they believed the election was probably stolen, while others condemned what they called an insurgency.
Ms Thomas, known as Ginni, was an enthusiastic supporter of Mr Trump and expressed support for the January 6 rally in the days leading up to it. She did not express any public opinion supporting Mr. Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.
“I owe you all an apology,” she wrote to the former clerks. “I probably imposed my lifelong passions on you.”
“My passions and beliefs are probably shared with the majority of you, but certainly not with all,” she added. “And sometimes even the smallest problems can divide loved ones for too long. Let’s pledge not to let politics divide THIS family and learn to speak more quietly and knowingly across the divide.
Justice Thomas is not on the mailing list, the former clerk said.
In a recent email, Ms Thomas called for reconciliation. “I would ask those of you on the opposite side to have grace and mercy from those on my side of the polarized world, and feel free to call and talk to me individually about what I have.” failed as a friend here, ”she wrote. “I probably need more tutoring.”