WaPo passed on Alito flag story years ago as the plot thickens in faux controversy

Democrats and their media allies are engaged in their usual trickery and deception with the faux controversy over Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s taste in flags, but it wasn’t a big deal when it happened.

There is a big push to force the conservative justice’s recusal from presumptive GOP nominee Donald J. Trump’s immunity case that could foil the regime’s lawfare plot against him and the outrage over the flags is just the excuse.

Back in 2021, the paper sent a reporter to the Alito residence after receiving a tip about the American flag being flown upside down, something that Democrats and the media are claiming was a sign of support for insurrectionists, but determined that it wasn’t newsworthy and just a part of a dispute between neighbors.

“The wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. told a Washington Post reporter in January 2021 that an upside-down American flag recently flown on their flagpole was ‘an international signal of distress’ and indicated that it had been raised in response to a neighborhood dispute,” the paper said in a story published on Saturday.

“The Post decided not to report on the episode at the time because the flag-raising appeared to be the work of Martha-Ann Alito, rather than the justice, and connected to a dispute with her neighbors, a Post spokeswoman said. It was not clear then that the argument was rooted in politics, the spokeswoman said,” according to the WaPo.

When since-retired reporter Robert Barnes rolled up on the Alito’s home on Jan. 20, 2021, the day that President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Mrs. Alito shouted at him to “get off my property.”

“Martha-Ann Alito then got out of the car and shouted in apparent reference to the neighbors: ‘Ask them what they did!’ She said yard signs about the couple had been placed in the neighborhood. After getting back in the car, she exited again and then brought out from their residence a novelty flag, the type that would typically decorate a garden. She hoisted it up the flagpole. ‘There! Is that better?’ she yelled,” according to the paper.

“I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” Justice Alito said in a statement to the Post. “It was placed by Mrs. Alito solely in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

The WaPo’s reporting would seem to contradict the narrative that was set into motion when another paper of note, the New York Times, published the hit piece that would serve as the pretext for the Democrat efforts to force Chief Justice John Roberts into sidelining Alito.

Two top Senate Dems have demanded a meeting with Roberts to discuss the flag matter, a clear attempt to bully him based on the New York Times’ reporting.

The Times also published another story about an Alito flag, this one the Pine Tree Flag, also known as the Appeal to Heaven flag, that was flown at his New Jersey vacation home last year.

The Times’ involvement in what is an obvious attempt to influence the Supreme Court and manipulate the election is just another example of how the once-esteemed “newspaper of record” has crossed over into political activism.

It’s not often that the Washington Post deserves credit these days but props to them for admitting that the flag flap that now threatens to upend the election wasn’t the big deal that the Times and Democrats are now claiming.

Chris Donaldson

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