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Josh Hawley says Clarence Thomas is a victim of misogyny and we’re all a little dumber now

Josh Hawley has finally broken his silence over the whole Ginni Thomas texting with ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about how they should overturn the 2020 presidential election results scandal and–surprise!–he thinks the whole thing is a misogynistic attack against… Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas? Huh?

Hawley went on CNN last night to express his outrage over people calling on Justice Thomas to recuse himself from any Supreme Court cases related to January 6 or the 2024 election after text messages revealed his wife took part in a perceived plot to overthrow democracy.

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“She’s an independent, adult woman, it just seems a little strange to me all of these calls for her husband to be what, like, minding her better?” the anti-LGBTQ senator said. “Frankly, I think it’s kind of misogynistic.”

“She’s a private individual. He’s a justice on the US Supreme Court. But I think this idea that he is somehow automatically responsible for everything he says–what does that mean? Does she have to get his permission?”

Just to be clear, nobody is calling on Ginni Thomas to get her husband’s “permission” for anything. They’re calling on her husband not to oversee any cases in which his wife could be directly or indirectly involved to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. It has absolutely nothing to do with misogyny and everything to do with maintaining the integrity of the Supreme Court.

Also, since apparently it needs to be explained, according to the dictionary, the definition of “misogyny” is:

1. hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, manifested in various forms such as physical intimidation and abuse, sexual harassment and rape, social shunning and ostracism, etc.

2. ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against women; sexism.

On Sunday, Amy Klobuchar went on ABC’s This Week to articulate the rationale being asking Justice Thomas to recuse himself from cases related to January 6 or the 2024 election.

“You have the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice advocating for an insurrection, advocating for overturning a legal election, to the sitting president’s chief of staff,” she said. “And she also knows this election, these cases, are going to come before her husband. This is a textbook case for removing him, recusing him, from these decisions.”

Related: Ginni Thomas’ week is off to a terrible start and it’s only Monday

Klobuchar also called out the Supreme Court for not putting out a statement on the matter, saying, “All I hear is silence from the Supreme Court right now. And that better change in the coming week because every other federal judge in the country except Supreme Court justices would have guidance from ethics rules that says you got to recuse.”

“The entire integrity of the court is on the line here.”

Here’s what people on Twitter are saying about Hawley’s “misogynistic” remarks…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.