Dems Enraged by Justice’s Upside-Down Flag

( – Senate Democrats are dialing up their scrutiny over conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and questioning his impartiality.

They are enraged after it was revealed that an upside-down American flag was displayed outside his home around January 6, 2021.

A prominent figure on the court, Justice Alito is under fire as the up-side flag is a symbol associated with the “stop the steal” movement. He clarified that his wife was responsible for the display after a dispute with neighbors.

However, his explanation did little to quell Democrats’ anger, particularly in light of upcoming Supreme Court decisions related to the January 6 attack.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) found the incident deeply troubling, stating, “Terribly, terribly alarming. To fly the flag upside down means a very specific thing. … It is not enough to just say, ‘My wife got mad.’ Consider me as alarmed as I possibly could be.”

He added, “I never thought he was impartial, but appearing to be impartial is also important. I’d be less alarmed if he had a Trump flag. ‘Nation in distress’ is a very specific thing people do with the American flag.”

“It’s in the U.S. flag code; it means a specific thing. He’s not merely expressing his political preference — he’s saying something that’s borderline revolutionary,” he concluded.

In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (IL) and other Democrats have demanded Alito recuse himself from upcoming January 6-related cases for fear of a possible conflict of interest.

On the flip side, Republican senators defended Alito. Although some acknowledged the flag incident as a lapse in judgment, they say it means nothing about his judicial capabilities.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) remarked, “Emotions are apparently high in that neighborhood. But no, it’s not good judgment to do that.” He acknowledged Alito’s personal situation but said the Justice needed better judgment given his position.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) also voiced his disappointment, found the entire situation peculiar and expected more professionalism from a Supreme Court justice.

“To have it happen at all was really strange. … It’s just weird,” Rounds noted. “I would expect that he would be professional enough to where it would not cloud his judgment or his ability to make impartial decisions.”

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