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Ginni Thomas Gave Trump ‘Insane and Unworkable’ Lists of People to Hire — and People to Fire Because They Weren’t Loyal

Well, that's terrifying.

Loyalty was YUGE during the Trump adminstration. Just as it was in the rest of his career, loyalty was something Donald Trump absolutely demanded from those who served under him while he was president.

Apparently, one of the many people advising him on who was loyal and disloyal during his singular term was Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Yes, that’s a conflict of interest for the Justice, who is supposed to be impartial — though we’ve always known he was a staunch conservative.

But it turns out that Ginni would regularly visit Trump.

The Washington Post reported last week that Ginni Thomas had been in regular contact with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows. But apparently she had been tattling on anyone who seemed disloyal to the president long before January 6, 2021.

Years before she became one of then-President Donald Trump’s most prominent coup supporters, Ginni Thomas was already notorious in his West Wing for, among other things, ruining staffers’ afternoons by working Trump into fits of vengeful rage.

In the WaPo article, a former senior Trump administration official is quoted as saying,

We all knew that within minutes after Ginni left her meeting with the president, he would start yelling about firing people for being disloyal. When Ginni Thomas showed up, you knew your day was wrecked.

Thomas would report to Trump on who she believed was a “Never Trumper” or a member of the so-called “Deep State” and needed to be fired, according to the article.

Another former official said that the hiring and firing lists from Ginni Thomas were “insane”:

A lot of them were dripping with paranoia and read like they were written by a disturbed person.

Trump’s own press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed the account:

Trump loved talking to Ginni so much because he loved hearing about who was a Never Trumper, or allegedly one. He loved people who would flatter him. But also, his obsession with loyalty aside, he just loved to gossip—all the time. That’s something else he got out of his series of meetings at the White House with Ginni Thomas.

The story of Ginni Thomas’ involvement in the Trump administration gets deeper and more detailed every time it’s recounted by someone new.

Andrew Simpson
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