Washington Post: Justice Samuel Alito’s wife says US flag ‘signal of international distress’ in 2021



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The wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said earlier Inverted American flag In January 2021, the couple’s home flight was an “international distress signal”. The Washington Post reported Saturday, describing a meeting between the Alitos and a Post reporter outside the couple’s home at the time.

Reporter Robert Barnes, who visited the judge’s home in Alexandria, Virginia on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration to follow up on a related tip, said the flag was not displayed. Martha-Ann Alito demanded the reporter “get off my property” when she saw the couple leave the house, The Post said.

According to The Post, Martha-Ann Alito said, “This is a signal of international distress!” Barnes demanded information about the matter before Neeti took his wife to the car, while denying the flag was related to political protest, saying it stemmed from a neighborhood dispute.

Martha-Ann Alito then shouted: “Ask them what they did!” “There! Is that better?” after placing it on the flagpole, according to The Post.

A spokeswoman for The Post said in the article that the newspaper did not report the connection at the time because raising the flag seemed more work for Martha-Ann Alito than justice and involved a controversy. her neighbor” and it is not clear that it is rooted in politics.

The Post’s report comes as the conservative judge is embroiled in controversy over the display outside his property.

The New York Times last week Posted a photo An inverted American flag raised at the Alitos home in Virginia in 2021. Alito said the upside-down American flag Raised by his wife and was a reflection of a quarrel with a neighbor. Alito said the dispute involved a neighbor who put up a sign near a school bus stop that said “F**k Trump” and then put up a sign attacking his wife. justice told Fox News Alitos got into an argument with a neighbor, who at one point used the word “c**t.” Then his wife flew the overturned flag.

The upside-down flag was a symbol for supporters of former President Donald Trump, who falsely claimed widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Then the Times reported A flag displayed during the attack on the US capital on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 It was known to fly out Alitos’ vacation home in New Jersey last summer. The “Appeal to Heaven” flag from the Revolutionary War has become a symbol for Trump’s supporters.

The revelations about the flags have drawn criticism in Washington Key GOP Senators From Democrats asking Justice to recuse himself from Trump-related lawsuits and an attack on the 2021 Capitol.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune, one of the contenders to replace retiring Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, told CNN the flag was a “bad decision.”

“I don’t know how you explain it,” the South Dakota Republican said.

The news has renewed calls from the Left for the Congress Enact rules of conduct The Supreme Court bid has stalled for months.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, a frequent critic of conservative justices, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Thursday that someone on the nation’s highest court flying such flags on his property “raises a serious question.”

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Some Republican lawmakers Defended AlitoTexas Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday that “the whole hoopla is overblown” and accused Senate Democrats of trying to delegitimize the court.

CNN’s John Fritz, Holmes Lybrand and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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