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Former President Donald Trump dominated a 2024 straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, indicating that he remains the first choice for the Republican party’s presidential nominee, crushing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and others.

In the numbers released on Saturday, Trump came in first with an overwhelming 69 percent of attendees supporting the former president.

DeSantis came in a distant second place with 24 percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took third with a measly 2 percent.

When asked who the attendees would prefer to be the nominee if Trump chose not to run in 2024, DeSantis–who did not attend the conference in Dallas–faired much better grabbing 65 percent of respondents.

[email protected] straw poll results: Strong preference for Trump 2024 over DeSantis 2024, but DeSantis leads in field without Trump

— Emily Ngo (@emilyngo) August 6, 2022

The results of the poll were announced from the CPAC Texas main stage approximately two hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the conference. It should be noted that the straw poll is not a scientific survey, considering it is limited to solely CPAC attendees and may not be representative of the Republican Party at large.

CPAC has been a whirlwind of newsworthy moments, between the live performance art of a January 6th Capitol rioter crying in a fake jail cell, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán receiving a standing ovation after declaring that marriage should only be shared between a man and a woman, and speeches from Cruz, Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and other influential Republicans.

While neither Trump nor DeSantis have officially announced their intentions to run for president in 2024, rumors have been circulating that both are gearing up for a campaign. The Florida Governor held a major event last month, packed with key Republican donors and governors, with many under the impression that DeSantis is genuinely considering the idea.

In a different new poll released on Saturday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both beat Trump, with Biden beating DeSantis even worse.

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Opinion | Blow: Ginni Thomas is a one-woman American constitutional crisis

Clarence and Virginia (Ginni) Thomas don’t discuss their dueling efforts to destroy our democracy when they come home from a day of wreaking havoc.

That’s what Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and an adherent to the lie that Donald Trump won the last election, wants us to believe. That’s essentially what she told the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol when committee members interviewed her last week.

I don’t believe that any more than I believe Trump can declassify documents with his mind.

Why does this matter? Because Ginni Thomas pressed the White House and various state legislators to overturn the 2020 election, and her husband has refused to recuse himself from election-related cases. In fact, Clarence Thomas was the Supreme Court’s lone dissent when it rejected Trump’s efforts to withhold documents from the Jan. 6 committee.

In March, The National Law Journal spoke with several experts who agreed that Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from the case. One called his refusal to do so “arguably unprecedented.”

Ginni Thomas didn’t just encourage people to overturn the election; she was at the Stop the Steal rally from which the insurrection sprang Jan. 6, although she told The Washington Free Beacon that she returned home before Trump took the stage.

In other words, Ginni Thomas is a one-woman constitutional crisis.

According to The New York Times, during her testimony before the committee, she repeated her assertion that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. That is a lie. She knows it, and we know it.

Because she is repeating this lie, I can’t believe anything she says without proof. Therefore, her claim that she never discussed her election subversion activities with her husband rings hollow.

Is the Thomas household just silent, filled only with the hum of grievance and betrayal? Or do these two spend their time talking in trivialities, reminiscing about their polar opposite upbringings — him born in the predominantly Black, Gullah community of Pin Point, Ga., her born in predominantly white Omaha, Neb., which at the time was facing its own racial tensions?

Maybe they share maleficent chuckles recalling how he rebuffed questions at his confirmation hearing in 1991 over the allegations that he sexually harassed Anita Hill, calling it, absurdly, a “high-tech lynching,” or how Ginni Thomas in 2010 left a voicemail message for Hill, demanding that she apologize to her husband.

According to the Times, the message was: “Good morning, Anita Hill. It’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”

In the same article, one of Ginni Thomas’ aunts is quoted as saying Clarence Thomas “was so nice, we forgot he was Black.” She added, “And he treated her so well, all of his other qualities made up for his being Black.”

Can you imagine? How must it feel to marry into a family where people think of your Blackness as a weight on the wrong side of the scales and you have to achieve at the highest level to balance it out?

Ginni Thomas is not a minor player and outside agitator. She is connected and influential. According to the Times, she led a group of hard-right activists in a White House meeting with Trump where “members of the group denounced transgender people and women serving in the military.”

But the major issue remains: The wife of a Supreme Court justice has been actively engaged in trying to overturn an election, and the justice won’t recuse himself from any cases related to that issue. They are Mr. and Mrs. Mutiny.

Charles Blow is a New York Times colulmnist.

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