Pete Buttigieg Throws Shade at Martha-Ann Alito's Words, Fails to Check Spouse Chasten's Psychobabble

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appeared to cast shade on comments made by Martha-Ann Alito, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, which were secretly taped by a left-wing activist. As my colleague Sister Toldjah wrote

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Mrs. Alito's comments to Windsor on that tape - which once again for the record was made when she didn't know she was being recorded - blow a big hole in the NYT's glaring insinuations about Justice Alito sharing Mrs. Alito's alleged pro-flag flying/Capitol rioter sympathies:

In Windsor’s recording, the justice’s wife sounded unrepentant, describing her critics as “feminazis” and threatening libel lawsuits against the press.

“There’s a five-year defamation statute of limitations,” Alito said. “Don’t get angry. Get even.” She also expressed deep resentment about newspaper criticism of her fashion choices “early on” and said her husband’s efforts to rein in her penchant for flying provocative flags have largely fallen short.

“He never controls me,” she told Windsor.

Martha-Ann Alito did say she has deferred to her husband in recent days by not seeking, for now, to counter an LGBTQ pride flag flying near their home. “I want a Sacred Heart of Jesus flag because I have to look across the lagoon at the pride flag for the next month,” she said. “I said, ‘When you are free of this nonsense, I’m putting it up.’”

As Sister Toldjah and Jim Thompson, who covered the comments in detail, both surmise, this is all a nothing burger and fauxtroversy because the Left does not like the decisions the sitting justice has made — especially his majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which defederalized the Left's sacred sacrament of abortion. 

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Buttigieg must have attended the same word salad training course that VP Kamala Harris did because his comments to the CNN anchor were a tossed mess that had little to do with Mrs. Alito's comments and everything to do with pushing the agenda that Justice Alito is dangerous and the Supreme Court must be reined in:  

“Look, 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 a 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.

He also urged the court to embrace ethics reform, as Alito is among the justices under scrutiny for potential political bias and accepting gifts.

“And, you know, Supreme Court justices have an unbelievable amount of power,” the secretary continued. “And by the nature and the structure of the Supreme Court, there’s no supervision over that power.” 

“They are entrusted with it literally for as long as they live,” he continued. “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.”

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But his last bit of commentary was his most ridiculous — if that's even possible:

"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 going to be okay, and... insurrectionist symbology. I'll just leave it at that."

And on brand for CNN, Buttigieg was not challenged at his incorrect conflation of a Sacred Heart of Jesus flag with the Appeal to Heaven flag. Tell me, when did the Sacred Heart of Jesus become "Insurrectionist symbology"? According to the Today's Catholic:

It is the image of God’s love revealed in the pierced heart of His Son. It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end.

Love has always been associated with the heart, so it was only natural that the love of God became represented by a heart, the heart of his Son Jesus. In him, God the Father revealed his infinite love for us. 

So what is wrong with Mrs. Alito choosing the symbol of love and acceptance she wants to gaze upon? Better yet, when did the Pride flag replace the Sacred Heart of Jesus as that symbol? Tell those kids who were arrested and charged for defacing the Pride mural, which was painted on a public roadway, that it's supposed to be a symbol of love and acceptance. I'll wait...  

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So, if we're going to play this game of elected and appointed leaders being responsible for their spouse's words – or closer to what Buttigieg alleged – that they are a reflection of the influence over their spouse and are directly complicit in these leaders' decision-making processes, then let's look at what Buttigieg's spouse, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, has been up to these days.

Along with hawking his 2021 memoir, "I Have Something to Tell You," Chasten has much to say about Republicans and LGBTQ+ all the letters issues. Chasten has slammed Florida's law, wrongly labeled the "Don't Say Gay" bill, and has been very vocal about states that are banning transgender surgeries and puberty blockers for minors, as this X thread outlines.

And, of course, "healthcare" means letting them mutilate children:

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The recent formation of Doctors Protecting Children, comprised of Pediatricians of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alongside colleagues representing medical organizations across the U.S., would beg to differ. These medical professionals have signed the Doctors Protecting Children Declaration, calling these American medical institutions mentioned above to halt the harmful protocols promoted for children and adolescents who express discomfort with their biological sex. 

Chasten is all over the rule of law when it comes to Trump's verdict, but when a legislature does its job and overrides a governor's veto, then it is waging war. Always interesting when the shoe is on the other foot. Chasten has said little about Biden's DOJ targeting the surgeon who exposed the excesses and horrors of so-called gender-affirming surgeries for minors, or of Biden's bastardization of Title IX to strip women of their rights and protections in favor of transgender youth. Chasten also blasted Anheuser-Busch and, of course, the right because of its treatment of Dylan Mulvaney. Cue the tiny violins on that one.

Can we also blame Chasten for Buttigieg's stupidity and fecklessness in his role as Secretary of Transportation? One of the reasons you could not rattle off the names of every Secretary of Transportation if a gun were held to your head is that their job is not supposed to be newsworthy. If the planes are flying and not falling out of the sky, trains stay on the rails, and the highways, bridges, and waterways remain transversable, then the Secretary of Transportation is doing their job. Nobody cares what their name is.

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But everyone knows Pete Buttigieg's name for all the wrong reasons. From his awful handling of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment to airline delays and airplane parts literally falling from the sky to the fact that Pete was MIA during much of that in order to bond with his IVF-produced children. If we go by Buttigieg's metric, then Chasten is a dangerous pox on Buttigieg's views and his decision-making, which has gravely affected our everyday lives. Outside of journalistic interest and curiosity, I am not concerned about many of the Supreme Court's decisions. However, I am concerned that the plane I board will make it to my destination without incident. So, I would surmise that Buttigieg's incompetence affects me more than a decision by nine justices.

In a recent book event, Chasten decided to wax eloquent about politics and what allyship really means.

Reflecting on his time in Washington, D.C., Buttigieg offered a candid critique of the performative nature of politics. “So much of politics is theater. It’s bad theater. They’re bad actors,” he said. “We need more genuine people in positions of power who care about getting things done for the community.” Examples of performative acts, he said, include the recent push by conservatives to enact “don’t say gay” laws.

Buttigieg’s critique extended to the broader political landscape, where he argued that too many politicians prioritize their image over the well-being of their constituents. “We’re talking about basic human dignity to acknowledge the existence of another person,” he said.

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Like Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg acknowledged the suffering of the people in East Palestine or the customers who suffered under the airline mess? If his performance is a reflection of acknowledging "basic human dignity," then his lack of compassion and awareness is clearly the fault of Chasten's influence and viewpoints.

It's all sauce for the goose.

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