Ginni Thomas Part Of Group Drafting Trump’s Enemies’ List
The White House and Trump’s allies have assembled detailed lists of potential government officials to oust over the last 18 months, as Trump seeks to root out “bad people” and replace them with “pro-Trump” options, Axios reported.
A dozen sources familiar with the effort provided memos and lists that Trump received since 2018 which suggest whom he should hire and fire. A network of conservative activists with close ties to Trump is quietly developing these “Never Trump”/pro-Trump lists.
Members of this network include Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Thomas heads a conservative activist network known as Groundswell, which has spent a significant amount of time and energy urging Trump administration officials to change the personnel inside his government.
One of Groundswell’s successful campaigns led to the dismissal of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser in 2018.
Conservative activists who attend Groundswell meetings funnel names to Thomas, who then compiles recommendations and passes them along to the president.
The presidential personnel office reviewed her memo and determined that some of the names she recommended were not appropriate candidates, which included Fox News regular and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino for a Homeland Security or counterterrorism adviser role and Devin Nunes aide Derek Harvey for the National Security Council (where he served before McMaster pushed him out).
The memos created tension within the White House. People close to the president frequently told him his own staff were undermining him while they countered they were being smeared.
As Peter Baker, of the New York Times, wrote on Saturday, “in some of the most critical corners of the Trump administration, officials show up for work now never entirely sure who will be there by the end of the evening -- themselves included.”