Supreme Court Justice Alito’s residence flew US flag the other way up following Jan. 6-NYT

May 17, 2024 | blog

(Reuters) – An American flag was photographed hanging the other way up on the Virginia residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in January 2021, weeks after the Jan. 6 protests, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

It was not clear if the upside-down flag was meant to sign help of former U.S. President Donald Trump, the Times reported. Alito advised the paper that his spouse hung the flag in response to indicators in neighbors’ yards.

“I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” Alito advised the Times in an emailed assertion. “It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

The Supreme Court didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark from Alito.

The paper reported that the upside-down flag was photographed at Alito’s residence in Alexandria, Virginia on Jan. 17, 2021, by neighbors who have been alarmed by the symbolism. The Times mentioned it lately obtained these photos and included one in its report.

According to U.S. code for the flag, the flag ought to by no means be displayed the other way up “except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

Some Trump supporters displayed upside-down American flags in help of Trump following the 2020 presidential election, the Times mentioned.

Trump, the Republican incumbent, was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in that election.

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