Supreme Court Justice’s wife under fire for criticizing Parkland shooting survivors
Thomas shared several posts on her Facebook page, including one that depicted a pile of shoes from Holocaust victims. The caption implied that gun control leads to genocide.
"To all the kids that walked out of school to protest guns. These are the shoes of Jews that gave up their firearms to Hitler. They were led into gas chambers, murdered and buried in mass graves. Pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when u give up freedoms and why we have them," the post said.
It is the same post shared two weeks ago by a hoax page claiming to represent Virginia Beach Republicans.
Virginia Republican Senator Bill DeSteph described the post as “insensitive and offensive,” and Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Virginia) urged his followers to beware of hoax posts.
Thomas’ other posts questioned whether Parkland shooting survivor-turned gun control advocate David Hogg was part of a larger anti-gun conspiracy. One article, titled ‘Who Runs March for Our Lives?’ was posted with the caption: “Do you really believe the students of Parkland are doing this?”
In another post, which has since been deleted, Thomas sarcastically asked, “So, just wondering who got the permits and paid for the buses for this YOUTH march?"
Hogg was the public face of the anti-gun rally, which brought an estimated 500,000 protesters to Washington, DC last month. The protesters demanded that the US government reform its gun laws and ban semi-automatic rifles.
Thomas’ posts drew fire on Twitter, after which she locked her account.
Reposting these with better screen caps: Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, shared posts on her Facebook page attacking the Parkland kids and comparing gun control to the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/Q4Bs4PTW3Q— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) April 9, 2018
#Conservative activist Ginni Thomas (Justice Clarence Thomas' Wife) Posts Memes Trashing #ParklandStudents and Comparing #GunControl to Holocaust in Facebook repost -- #shameful#bullying#unbecoming -- AND, of course, based on #RightWing / #NRA#LIES. https://t.co/h981DAMoN7pic.twitter.com/gZy7W20o2D— Cadet Foster (@CadetFoster2017) April 9, 2018
Thomas is one of several public figures and commentators who have come into the spotlight for daring to criticize the Parkland survivors. Fox News host Laura Ingraham posted a tweet making fun of David Hogg’s grades, prompting Hogg to respond by tweeting a list of Ingraham’s advertisers along with a call to boycott them.
After 16 advertisers pulled their ads from her show, Ingraham issued an apology to Hogg, which Hogg refused to accept. Fox News executives, however, stood by Ingraham, and her show returned to the air on Monday. Ingraham criticized the left for “bullying” conservatives into silence and stifling free speech in America.
Frank Stallone, the brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, also apologized to Hogg after calling the 17-year-old a “headline grabbing punk” in an explicit and threatening tweet.
To everyone and to David Hogg especially. I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went though I’m deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) April 1, 2018
Not all of Hogg’s classmates have become gun control evangelists since the Parkland shooting. Kyle Kashuv, 16, has become an outspoken pro-gun activist, appearing on several conservative outlets.
Last week, Kashuv tweeted a photo with Justice Thomas. Kashuv said the meeting was “an honor,” and said that the pair talked about how the Second Amendment “won’t be touched.”
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