The New York Times ran a story on Wednesday titled “Another Provocative Flag Was Flown at Another Alito Home.” It shows a picture of Justice Samuel Alito’s New Jersey beach house, with an “Appeal to Heaven” flag flying next to… a 2022 Phillies’ pennant.

If you have no idea what the Appeal to Heaven thing is, it’s “problematic” because it’s a January 6th symbol.

NYT story:

Last summer, two years after an upside-down American flag was flown outside the Virginia home of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., another provocative symbol was displayed at his vacation house in New Jersey, according to interviews and photographs.

This time, it was the “Appeal to Heaven” flag, which, like the inverted U.S. flag, was carried by rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Also known as the Pine Tree flag, it dates back to the Revolutionary War, but largely fell into obscurity until recent years and is now a symbol of support for former President Donald J. Trump, for a religious strand of the “Stop the Steal” campaign and for a push to remake American government in Christian terms.

What’s particularly funny is that people spotted this flag last year, in August of 2023, and yet it finally blew up into a nationwide story in May of 2024. This guy tweeted about it last year and seemingly didn’t recognize the Phillies pennant or the Appeal to Heaven flag:

What’s most bothersome is to see that 2022 flag flying. Who flies a pennant? It’s a runner-up banner. Would an Eagles fan fly a 2022 NFC Champions flag? Did we fly the flag of the 1993 Phillies or 2010 Flyers? Of course not. The fact that someone would even raise this thing at all is provocative and offensive.

Samuel Alito should be removed from the Supreme Court.