Top Senator Declares Clarence Thomas Out Of Step With Standards Of Justice

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Well, this isn’t great. Reportedly, an American flag was flown upside down at a personal residence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, known as a staunch conservative, following the 2020 presidential election. The symbolism, though used elsewhere, was adopted as part of the “Stop the Steal” movement, meaning the widespread clamoring after the last presidential race against its outcome, aka Joe Biden’s victory.

And again, the symbolism reportedly showed up at a personal residence for a member of the nation’s highest court, which has been tasked with deciding a series of wide-reaching questions related to that very period of time.

“A judge is supposed to act in a way that enables all parties and lawyers appearing before the Court to believe they will be treated fairly. Alito and Thomas have brazenly destroyed this bedrock principle,” said a post on X (Twitter) from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as the controversy unfolded.

Alito, who helped lead the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, blamed his wife. “I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” said a statement from the Justice shared by The New York Times. “It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

It’s not even the first instance of suspicion that a member of the court was entangled with that movement. Ginni Thomas — Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife — was highly active in the same movement, pushing against Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, which was upheld as legitimate by authorities around the country.