Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, were deemed “very insulting” by Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and her husband’s wife.
Ginni Thomas spoke with Michael Pack in 2017 and 2018 for “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” a book co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta that served as an expanded companion to the documentary of the same name in 2020.
Ginni Thomas discussed her first encounter with Hill, a lawyer who collaborated with Clarence Thomas at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the early 1980s, during her meeting with Pack.
“Anita Hill collaborated with Clarence at the Education Department at his friend Gil Hardy’s request, and she later wished to follow him to the EEOC where he would be the chairman. Working alongside him was something she wanted to do in the future. And Clarence enabled that to occur, sincerely never supposing there was a problem with Anita Hill or any of the other persons he was working with or providing assistance for “She spoke.
She went on: “At the EEOC, he was a vocal opponent of sexual harassment. He was developing procedures and penalising staff members who were acting inappropriately. So until the FBI showed up at our door claiming that she was making claims, he would never have connected sexual harassment and Anita Hill.”
Ginni Thomas said that her husband found Hill’s accusations to be “devastating,” as he had thought of her as a friend. He has consistently insisted that his behaviour toward Hill was justified.
Because he had assisted Anita Hill, she claimed, “Clarence was startled that she was the one who was making claims.” So, when she emerged from the shadows to start any kind of attack against him, it astounded and devastated him.
Ginni Thomas then characterised Hill’s evidence as fantasy and expressed her confidence in her husband’s moral integrity.
“The man I know. I am acquainted with his social circle. I am aware of how he interacts with everyone in our society and at work “She spoke.
So it was really unpleasant to hear someone, just one person, “come from the dark corners of her imagination and tell a tale about him that contradicts every other person’s experience with my husband,” she continued.
In the end, the Senate voted 52–48 to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
In 2010, Ginni Thomas contacted Hill and left her a voicemail begging the Brandeis University professor to retract her criticism of her husband.
According to The New York Times, she requested in the message, “I would for you to consider an apology sometime and some thorough explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.” “Consider it carefully, pray about it, and then figure out why you did what you did. O.K. Enjoy your day.”
The message “was certainly incorrect,” Hill told The Times.
Ginni Thomas issued a statement through a publicist after confirming that she had left the message, claiming that “no offence was ever intended.”
The Times quoted Hill as saying: “I recognise that no disrespect was intended, but she can’t ask for an apology without insinuating that I done something wrong, and that is offensive.” Nevertheless, Hill stood by her statement.
Clarence Thomas has established himself as a stalwart of the court’s now-dominant conservative wing in recent years, particularly after the death of close friend and fellow Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.
However, the justice is now under pressure to step down or recuse himself from cases involving the January 6, 2021 violence at the Capitol because of his wife’s recorded talks with Trump supporters in support of campaigns to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.