Days after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s politically based decision to bar former President Donald Trump from the Centennial State’s 2024 ballot, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is calling on Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the case.
Ocasio-Cortez argued that Thomas should disqualify himself from deciding on the constitutionality of Colorado’s anti-Trump decision because his wife “participated” in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protests.
“It’s very clear: Clarence Thomas and, rather, his wife, Ginni, participated in the events of Jan.6, and now what is likely coming before the Supreme Court is a judgment as to whether an event that his wife participated in, that his wife has been investigated by in the Jan. 6 committee, qualifies as an insurrection,” the New York congresswoman told CNN host Anderson Cooper.
“Clarence Thomas’s decision on that, one way or another, and overall the court’s decision on that, would directly implicate his wife, and so, this is just one of the most classic, textbook conflicts of interest, and it would frankly be a scandal if he did not recuse himself,” she added.
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Ocasio-Cortez’s accusation against Thomas’s wife comes after she and seven other House Democrats signed a letter accusing Ginni Thomas of having attended the Jan. 6 protests, which they referred to as an “insurrection.”
Considering that Colorado’s case against Trump’s eligibility to run for president in the state is based on the false notion that the former president “engaged in insurrection” on Jan. 6, Democrats argue that since Thomas’s wife was allegedly present at the Capitol on that day, the U.S. Supreme Court justice should recuse himself in the case.
“It is unthinkable that you could be impartial in deciding whether an event your wife personally organized qualifies as an ‘insurrection’ that would prevent someone from holding the office of president,” House Democrats claimed.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether Colorado lawfully removed Trump from the Centennial State’s 2024 presidential primary ballot.
Leftists have argued that the former president is ineligible to seek or hold office because Section Three of the 14th Amendment bars individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” from doing so. They have ignored the fact that the law only applies to “officers” of the U.S., which Trump never was.