Did you know that if you’re married to a Supreme Court justice, you never get to speak your political opinion?
I wasn’t aware of this. I looked through the Constitution and all the amendments, scoured “The Federalist Papers,” the Declaration of Independence and even “The Audacity of Hope.” It seems none of those authors were aware of it either.
Dana Loesch wasn’t either. And that’s why the NRA spokeswoman took the media to task for their attacks on Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who liberals say has been spreading “far-right” propaganda on social media.
“I never tire of some leftists telling conservative women when and how to think or speak,” Loesch wrote about a piece published by The Hill that characterized Thomas’ opinions as “far right.”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 31, 2018
If you think Loesch is being harsh in her criticism, take this piece from The Washington Post published on Thursday, and see if you can spot just a soupçon of sexism thrown in:
“What is going on with Ginni Thomas?” Dan Zak wrote.
“She looks and sounds like the Washington wife of yore, with the pearl earrings, the Reagan-red cocktail attire, the sunglasses tiara’d atop her blond bob. At the holidays, she lays wreaths at Arlington and sings carols around the piano with her be-sweatered husband, Clarence, who happens to be the longest-serving justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Memorial Day means a backyard barbecue with star-spangled tablecloths and a sheet cake that reads ‘God Bless America!’
“But meanwhile, on Facebook, she’s behaving like your slightly paranoid neighbor who stockpiles bullets and astronaut food,” he explains.
What does being a “slightly paranoid neighbor” readying themselves for conflict mean?
Why, posting something alleging voter fraud in several midterm races, saying Parkland student activists are a threat to freedom because of their anti-Second Amendment beliefs (she took that one down) and reposting obvious jokes that Zak assumes must be serious because conservative women should never joke if their husband is on the Supreme Court, and they probably never joke anyway because they’re too busy coordinating those pearls with those Reagan-red outfits.
So, for one, that astronaut food tastes a lot better than it did in the 1960s and I’ll be eating it with a smile on my face with my stockpiled gold when the New World Order takes over. (I’m going to assume Zak knows I’m joking, since I have a Y chromosome.) Zak’s article is also proof that the old “Annie Hall” line where Woody Allen’s character talks about being “a bigot, but for the left” actually takes on more meaning even as Allen’s persona gets more toxic.
I’ll admit that Ginni Thomas has certainly made a few posts I would have passed on, like this one about illegal immigrants and carjackings in California. (The post, Zak doesn’t entirely make clear, wasn’t written by her and the part he fixates on — that it “bizarrely described California as a war zone” — is a very minor part of the whole thing.) However, a quick scan of her Facebook feed shows she’s clearly a meme-happy person who has strong feelings on illegal immigration and in support of Donald Trump.
She’s also an accomplished conservative activist with a pretty strong reputation within the party, including with people no one would ever describe as “far right.”
This may not be you, especially if you live inside the Beltway, but it doesn’t make you one step away from stockpiling bullets and astronaut food or being “far-right.”
The fact that she’s been a conservative activist who’s garnered some respect probably should have dissuaded this talk, but that also doesn’t seem to matter to Zak: “Does it matter that the spouse of a Supreme Court justice is sharing such nakedly partisan, erroneous propaganda? Or have we hit the point at which this kind of rhetoric has been so normalized that, well, why wouldn’t a prominent party activist be doing this?”
Except he already acknowledged she was a party activist. It’s almost like Zak is saying her opinions are the same as her husband’s — or perhaps even received from him. Again, he’s a bigot for the left — it’s OK.
If only they would just keep making those “God Bless America” cakes so The Washington Post could call Clarence Thomas a crazy paranoiac who might keep astronaut food in his lead-lined basement, the way that things used to be. Those were the days.
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