Posing as a religious conservative member of The Supreme Court Historical Society, documentary film maker Lauren Windsor discreetly recorded SCOTUS Judge Samuel Alito agreeing that – despite his position on a court that in its very nature depends on compromise – that compromise with his his political opponents was probably not possible, and that our nation’s highest court, a court that still exists to perpetuate our country as a bastion of freedom only because the founders had the wisdom to separate law from religion, needs “to return… to a place of godliness.”

Regardless of how these admissions were obtained and presented they are enough to be disqualifying in what will, I believe, become Alito’s battle to remain on the Court:

Rolling Stone Magazine

Justice Samuel Alito spoke candidly about the ideological battle between the left and the right — discussing the difficulty of living “peacefully” with ideological opponents in the face of “fundamental” differences that “can’t be compromised.” He endorsed what his interlocutor described as a necessary fight to “return our country to a place of godliness.” And Alito offered a blunt assessment of how America’s polarization will ultimately be resolved: “One side or the other is going to win.”

Alito made these remarks in conversation at the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner on June 3, a function that is known to right-wing activists as an opportunity to buttonhole Supreme Court justices. His comments were recorded by Lauren Windsor, a liberal documentary filmmaker. Windsor attended the dinner as a dues-paying member of the society under her real name, along with a colleague. She asked questions of the justice as though she were a religious conservative.

The justice’s unguarded comments highlight the degree to which Alito makes little effort to present himself as a neutral umpire calling judicial balls and strikes, but rather as a partisan member of a hard-right judicial faction that’s empowered to make life-altering decisions for every American.

The recording, which was provided exclusively to Rolling Stone, captures Windsor approaching Alito at the event and reminding him that they spoke at the same function the year before, when she asked him a question about political polarization. In the intervening year, she tells the justice, her views on the matter had changed. “I don’t know that we can negotiate with the left in the way that needs to happen for the polarization to end,” Windsor says. “I think that it’s a matter of, like, winning.”

“I think you’re probably right,” Alito replies. “On one side or the other — one side or the other is going to win. I don’t know. I mean, there can be a way of working — a way of living together peacefully, but it’s difficult, you know, because there are differences on fundamental things that really can’t be compromised. They really can’t be compromised. So it’s not like you are going to split the difference.”

Windsor goes on to tell Alito: “People in this country who believe in God have got to keep fighting for that — to return our country to a place of godliness.”

“I agree with you. I agree with you,” replies Alito, who authored the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs decision, which reversed five decades of settled law and ended a constitutional right to abortion.“

As I implied above, I have reservations about Ms. Windsor recording anyone without their knowledge, though her contention that Alito’s opinion on these issues should now be made public knowledge is very persuasive.

If the law was violated, in any case, Alito should be well equipped to seek recompense.

But these facts, as reported, should be enough to light a fire under Sen. Dick Durbin and the rest of the Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee to launch hearings on Alito’s fitness to remain on the court.

This nation has endured too much hardship and strife in our efforts to come one to day realize our founders’ vision to allow otherwise.

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6 COMMENTS

    • Which is why Raskin and Whitehouse are stepping in. I’m sure the letter sent will get the same response the previous one did but hopefully it is just a start. Unless and until the senate has either A) the numbers needed to end the filibuster or B) enough members to overcome a filibuster, anything needed to be done to the s.c. is impossible.

      But, yeah, you’re right durbin is going to sit on his thumb and spin.

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  1. Since alito admittedly doesn’t belong on the s.c. we need to remove him IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE. If the senate is not going to step up and do their job, it’s up to us to get rid of the corrupt son of a bitch and let’s not forget thomas. No sense leaving him on it since he is even MORE corrupt.

    Both of them are shameful examples of what is wrong with our judiciary and that both of them are sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land is fucking embarrassing.

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  2. Nice to reveal that traitors to the constitution sit on the highest court in the land. next stop? a nazi salute while wearing the robes of the Supreme Court! respect for the law? get phucking real!!! America…wake the phuck up or perish!!!

  3. We are past time to increase the court to 13 members – which would also match the number of judicial districts of the courts of appeals. And introduce either term limits or retirement ages. It is in Congress’ power to do so, either or both. After the election, with a Democrat led house, it should be the first priority.

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