Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent an email to the leaders of Clifton, Virginia, warning them not to associate with the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hill reported Thursday.
Her missive came after a banner was posted in the town square proclaiming: “Welcome to Clifton Where Black Lives Matter.”
“A dangerous Trojan Horse”
Ginni Thomas wrote that her hometown should not be affiliated with the organization and claimed that the banner invited violent protesters to gather in her community.
She went on to assert that Black Lives Matter is a “Marxist” movement that “hates America,” describing it as “a bit of a dangerous Trojan Horse” within otherwise peaceful protests and demonstrations.
“Let’s not be tricked into joining cause with radical extremists seeking to foment a cultural revolution because they hate America,” she wrote, as The Hill reported.
“The biggest controversy”
According to The Washington Post, her comments were similar to the sentiments she has previously expressed on her Facebook page.
A majority of locals gathered to discuss the matter at a recent town hall meeting were reportedly in favor of the banner.
Mayor William R. Holloway called it a “first step” in the town’s process of addressing racial inequality. He said residents of nearby towns, however, have pushed back to the point that it has become “the biggest controversy we’ve seen in many years.”
“We couldn’t go to work”
Holloway, who also works as an attorney in D.C., said he witnessed firsthand the destructive elements of protests in the nation’s capital when the windows of his law office were smashed out by rioters.
“We couldn’t go to work there,” he said in reference to the aftermath of the recent protests, according to the Post. “It was a volatile time.”
The Black Lives Matter movement has experienced an increase in popularity over the past several weeks as protests spread in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
With the organization’s cofounder on the record admitting she and another cofounder are “trained Marxists,” however, it is hard to argue with the points Ginni Thomas made in her letter to local leaders.