Support for Insurrection?

The Supreme Court is losing its reputation. The Court is in an ethical crisis of its own making. First, you had Clarence Thomas taking millions from billionaires. Now, Jodi Kantor of the New York Times reported that in the days after the January 6, 2021 Insurrection to overcome the election, Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito raised an upside-down American flag in front of his home.

Upside-down US flag flew at home of Justice Samuel Alito after 2020 election, New York Times reports | CNN Politics

Trump’s followers, including some brandishing the same symbol, had rioted at the Capitol a little over a week before.

In the weeks after the January 6, 2021, insurrection, MAGA fanatics flew the upside-down flag as a symbol of “the impending death of the nation and a call to arms,” according to American studies professor Matthew Guterl. How disrespectful to the American flag.

For Alito to fly it at his home is evidence he was part of the insurrection. During oral argument in Trump v. United States, he weirdly wondered aloud if a president like Trump needed criminal immunity so that he would leave office voluntarily at the end of his term.

The longstanding ethics code for the lower courts, as well as the recent one adopted by the Supreme Court, requires judges to remain independent and avoid political statements or opinions. Judicial experts find the flag is a clear violation of ethics rules, which seek to avoid even the appearance of bias, and create doubt about Justice Alito’s impartiality in cases related to the Capitol riot.

Trump’s Instagram account posted a video of what a newspaper would look like after a 2024 MAGA win. Under the headline “WHAT’S NEXT FOR AMERICA?” were the words “INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED DRIVEN BY THE CREATION OF A UNIFIED REICH,” a clear reference to fascism and German dictator Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.