Supreme Court Justice Reveals Why He Flew U.S. Flag Upside Down

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( – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito explained in an interview with Fox News on Friday why an American flag was displayed upside down outside his home shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol protests. He stated that his wife, Martha-Ann, chose to display the flag in this manner as a reaction to harsh insults from a neighbor.

The New York Times first broke the story on Thursday, noting that the inverted flag—a signal often used by some Trump supporters to contest the 2020 election outcome—was hung outside Alito’s residence in Alexandria, Virginia, on January 17, 2021.

Alito recounted that the tension in his neighborhood started around January 6, 2021, when a nearby resident erected a sign containing an explicit anti-Trump message near a spot where children wait for the bus, only about 50 feet from the sign.

According to Alito, the situation escalated when his wife approached the neighbors to discuss the sign, but the conversation did not go well. Subsequently, these neighbors displayed another sign that directly targeted Martha-Ann and blamed her for the events of January 6.

Alito shared that during a neighborhood walk, an individual from the house with the signs confronted Martha-Ann, using highly offensive language, including a derogatory term. This confrontation deeply upset her, leading her to invert the American flag outside their home as a form of protest.

Alito emphasized to Fox News that he played no part in the decision to hang the flag upside down and that it was displayed briefly. He expressed his stance on not controlling his wife’s actions, noting that their street has politically active residents.

This incident comes to light as the Supreme Court is deliberating on a case regarding former President Trump’s claim of immunity.

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