In dark times like these, times when the political system seems broken and economic conditions grow worse by the day, it can be hard to keep up a cheery attitude and a smile on one’s face. Sadly, that’s true even around Christmas time.
But a few good people out there are doing what they can to spread holiday cheer and keep Americans merry for Christmas. One such person is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was recently photographed laying wreaths with other volunteers at Arlington Cemetary, sparking an outpouring of support for both him and Gold Star families.
A DC journalist named Emily Miller sparked that outpouring of support for Justice Clarence Thomas and those who gave all for their country, saying “Love how Justice Clarence Thomas quietly lays wreaths with all the other volunteers every year at Arlington National Cemetery for #wreathsacrossamerica to honor those who have the ultimate sacrifice.”
Love how Justice Clarence Thomas quietly lays wreaths with all the other volunteers every year at Arlington National Cemetery for #wreathsacrossamerica to honor those who have the ultimate sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/xerCBt8ICM
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) December 17, 2022
Following up on the post with a comment about the wreaths, Miller then said “Justice Clarence Thomas does #WreathsAcrossAmerica fo honor the fallen and spend time supporting Gold Star families at Arlington. Show respect for those of them reading this thread in your replies.”
While most of the replies were positive, many weren’t. Instead, they attacked Miller and Justice Thomas for being publicity hounds only there to lay wreaths for their own self-advancement.
There are so many false accusations and assumptions in this thread so I wrote all truth in detail of how I got this photo of Justice Clarence Thomas and why I posted it. Read below: https://t.co/MWDXFBuYi2
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) December 19, 2022
In the linked Substack article, Miller set the record straight about what had happened, saying:
Every December since 2014, I have volunteered in this group to place the wreaths in Section 60 of Arlington. Wreaths Across America organizes volunteers and donors in order to put 259,000 wreaths on the graves of veterans and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country.
The only people I’ve seen figure out who Justice Thomas really is during these events are the Gold Star family members he talks to honor and support them privately.
No. He doesn’t know I posted the photo. He doesn’t know that it went viral in news stories.
I have posted other photos of Justice Thomas with our group over the years, but no one recognized him. Here’s one from 2016. He’s fourth from left in the green coat. I’m fourth from the right in the white hat.
Continuing, she also said “I’ve never seen him do a media interview or talk ON THE RECORD to the many reporters who are at Arlington for Wreaths Across America. If he wanted attention, he could go to the national TV outlets that are all over the cemetery. The “camera” is just my iPhone.”
One person, responding warmly to that, said “Justice Thomas, his wife, and you do something wonderful to honor the Gold Star families and veterans that served our country, Let the critics be damned. So sad we are at this point in our country.”
She also pointed out that while she had posted a photo, Thomas does it without seeking attention. Drawing attention to that, she posted a video and said “VIDEO: You’ll see Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas doing #WreathsAcrossAmerica without being recognized (look behind me at the beginning).”
VIDEO: You’ll see Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas doing #WreathsAcrossAmerica without being recognized (look behind me at the beginning).
But more importantly, learn about those brave fallen buried in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. https://t.co/dmCTm0WmqJ
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) December 18, 2022
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