President Donald Trump this week appointed Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to a position on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, according to Fox News.
The board consists of members appointed by the president as well as the speaker of the House and Senate majority leader.
Additional members include the secretary of the Treasury, the vice-chair of the Joint Committee on the Library, and the librarian of Congress.
Thomas’ record of political activism
Ginni Thomas has been active in conservative political spheres for decades, most recently as part of a group advising Trump of potentially disloyal members of his administration.
The group, known as “Groundswell,” reportedly provided the president with a list of names in February as well as a separate group of loyalists it advised Trump to consider appointing to positions within the executive branch.
According to The Hill, Jessie Liu’s name was withdrawn from consideration for a top Treasury Department post as a direct result of Groundswell’s recommendation — even though he was recommended by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Several other firings and staff changes around the same time included Joseph Maguire, who stepped down as acting director of national intelligence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was removed from his position as a national security council official. Those decisions were not linked to the Groundswell recommendations.
“The fight against America”
Thomas has also been active in other partisan efforts, reportedly telling an audience at a Council for National Policy event that it was important to imitate the left’s tactics in promulgating conservative ideals.
She stressed that the right could lose the culture war if conservatives do not “help explain to America the fight against America,” The Intercept reported.
Quoting Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, Thomas said to the group: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
She has also worked alongside well-known conservative organizations including the Heritage Foundation and Hillsdale College.
Although Trump’s critics deride his promise to address the “Deep State” forces he believes are dedicated to bringing down his administration, plenty of supporters remain onboard. His nomination of Thomas to this prestigious board position is sure to come as a reassurance that the president is continuing to surround himself with loyalists.