In a new, secret recording, the Supreme Court justice’s wife bemoans having to “look across the lagoon at the Pride flag”

Martha-Ann Alito, wife of Supreme CourtJustice Samuel Alito, is incensed about seeing rainbow Pride flags during Pride Month, according to a new recording obtained by Rolling Stone. If it were up to her, she would be flying a Sacred Heart of Jesus flag in response. Or she might design her own flag, one sporting the Italian word for “shame.”

In recent weeks, Martha-Ann Alito has been at the center of a national firestorm over two flags seen flying at their residences that have been associated with right-wing movements that question the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 election. Justice Alito has blamed his wife for flying those flags — and rebuffed calls from Democratic lawmakers to recuse himself from upcoming decisions in cases related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Like her husband, Mrs. Alito is unbowed by the criticism and controversy — as she makes clear in comments recorded by liberal documentary filmmaker Lauren Windsor. Windsor, posing as a Christian conservative, spoke at length with Mrs. Alito at a dinner reception hosted by the Supreme Court Historical Society last week. Windsor attended the dinner as a dues-paying member and bought a ticket; a colleague joined her.

When Windsor tells Mrs. Alito she is being persecuted and depicted as “a convenient stand-in for anybody who’s religious,” the justice’s wife gets quieter, and her tone turns more serious: “Look at me, look at me. I’m German. I’m from Germany. My heritage is German. You come after me, I’m gonna give it back to you. And there will be a way — it doesn’t have to be now — but there will be a way they will know. Don’t worry about it. God — you read the Bible. Psalm 27 is my psalm. Mine. Psalm 27, the Lord is my God and my rock. Of whom shall I be afraid? Nobody.”

  • @MartianRecon
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    691 month ago

    These people don’t realize that the only reason they are sleeping comfortably in their beds at night is because people on the left are abiding by a social contract that they are trying to break.

    If they break that social contract, their little McMansion isn’t going to be nearly enough to protect their delusional positions.

    • They keep trying to break the norms and standards that are the only thing standing in the way of them being punched in the face. I suppose this an inherent flaw of fascism actually – the democratic and societal norms that fascists want to overthrow are also the exact same norms that are stopping political violence against them.

      And perhaps therein is our strongest advantage against fascism in the modern era. With how readily available news is, a lot more people know what’s going on and are up to date on current events. More of the masses are informed and politically active than back in the 1920-40s. Overturning Roe alone has created a very large angry population.

      A fascist takeover means all bets are off, and there’s more of us than there are of them.

      • @MartianRecon
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        31 month ago

        There’s that, and the fact that despite what media tries to tell you. Most people are indeed good people who just want to live their lives.

        What we just saw in the special election in Ohio proved this. a 20 point swing in a deep red district is insane to think about. Yet, we just saw it. If half of that swing holds nation wide, the Republicans are in the minority and we actually win seats in the senate.

        • That’s another powerful advantage we have from the information age. We aren’t just limited to our neighborhood and towns anymore, we can talk with people all over the country and worldwide. Cities are also more populous. The average person is exposed to far more diversity than before, and they know that people different from them also just want to live their lives in peace.

          I think fascism has become fundamentally disadvantaged compared to the last century. The only reason we’re observing an apparent rise is because people trust the system will keep them away and we won’t need to act otherwise. But if fascists prove us wrong and break the system, there is a much larger oppositional force than they would’ve faced back in the 1920s-40s, and it is in much closer communication than before.

          • @MartianRecon
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            21 month ago

            There’s that, and there’s also the silent majority of people who simply aren’t engaged in other spaces (like on the internet) and flat out are disgusted with trump and the rights antics.

            A few buddies of mine that are veterans are very much Eisenhauer style conservatives and they absolutely hate trump. They don’t post about it, they don’t rant about it online, but they will vote against him.