Pete Buttigieg calls out Alito’s hatred of the Pride flag: It’s about “love & acceptance”

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg walks with local representatives while discussing the $10 million grant for Las Cruces
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg walks with local representatives while discussing the $10 million grant for Las Cruces Photo: Meg Potter/Sun-News / USA TODAY NETWORK

Out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg eloquently responded to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s wife’s hateful rant about Pride flags, explaining that the rainbow flag means “love and acceptance.”

Martha-Ann Alito was caught explaining how much she hates seeing the Pride flag while at a Supreme Court Historical Society dinner reception last week. She complained that she was forced to see the flag across the lagoon near her home because her neighbors were flying it, and she wanted to fly a “shame” flag in response.

“I made a flag in my head,” she said. “This is how I satisfy myself. I made a flag. It’s white and it has yellow and orange flames around it. And in the middle is the word ‘Vergogna.’ Vergogna in Italian means shame. Vergogna. V-E-R-G-O-G-N-A. Vergogna.”

“Shame, shame, shame on you,” she concluded. “You know? Anyway.”

Buttigieg was asked about her words during a CNN appearance: “How does that make you feel knowing that the wife of a Supreme Court justice wants to send a message to people with a Pride flag?”

“I’m often reminded that the most important thing in my life, which is my marriage, and my family and the two beautiful children that my husband Chasten and I are raising, that that marriage only exists by the grace of the single vote on the United States Supreme Court that expanded our rights and freedoms back in 2015 and made it possible for somebody like me to get married,” Buttigieg said.

“And, you know, Supreme Court justices have an unbelievable amount of power and, by the nature and the structure of the Supreme Court, there’s no supervision over that power,” he continued. “They are entrusted with it literally for as long as they live. And part of that trust is we expect them to enter into those enormously consequential decisions that shape our everyday lives with a sense of fairness.”

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

“Insurrectionist symbology” is likely a reference to the previous flag controversy Martha-Ann Alito was embroiled in when it was discovered that the Alitos flew the Christian nationalist “Appeal to Heaven” flag outside their home. The flag was recently popularized by Dutch Sheets, a self-proclaimed prophet who is influential in a movement to remake the U.S. into a “Christian nation,” even at the price of “spiritual warfare.”

The Alitos also flew an upside-down American flag shortly after the January 6 insurrection, which many on the right did to express their dissatisfaction with the 2020 election results being certified.

Samuel Alito blamed Martha-Ann Alito for flying the flags outside their home to explain why he didn’t recuse himself from cases related to the Capitol Insurrection. He claimed that she flew the upside-down flag as part of a feud with a neighbor, not in response to the election certification.

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