Buttigieg Hints At Flag Controversy


Today, we’re diving into a recent controversy involving Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s wife, Martha-Ann Alito.

On Wednesday, Secretary Buttigieg appeared on “CNN News Central” with host John Berman, where he was asked about Martha-Ann Alito’s alleged display of an upside-down American flag and an “Appeal to Heaven” flag. These flags, according to The New York Times, are symbols associated with the January 6 Capitol riot.

Buttigieg didn’t hold back in his response, drawing a clear line between symbols of inclusion and those perceived as divisive. Reflecting on his own personal life, he emphasized how his marriage to Chasten Buttigieg and their family were made possible by a narrow Supreme Court decision in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage. He underscored the immense power Supreme Court justices wield, given their lifetime appointments and the profound impact of their decisions on American lives.

He continued by saying, “I also hope that most Americans can understand the difference between a flag that symbolizes love and acceptance and signals to people who have sometimes feared for their safety that they’re gonna be okay, and insurrectionist symbology. I’ll just leave it at that.”

This sharp commentary came after a secret recording revealed Martha-Ann Alito’s intention to fly a Christian flag as a counter-message to Pride flags.

Justice Alito, responding to the allegations, clarified that neither he nor his wife had any knowledge of the “Appeal to Heaven” flag’s connection to the “Stop the Steal Movement.” He noted that this flag was originally commissioned by George Washington during the American Revolution, and its use by contemporary groups does not necessarily strip it of its historical significance.

“The use of an old historic flag by a new group does not necessarily drain that flag of all other meanings,” Alito said.