'The View' co-host Joy Behar says Alito recordings justified as SCOTUS judges 'running around arrogant'

'The View' co-host Joy Behar says Alito recordings justified as SCOTUS judges 'running around arrogant'
Joy Behar said that someone had to 'expose' Justice Samuel Alito after his explosive tapes were revealed (Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: 'The View' co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Alyssa Farah Griffin discussed the newly-released unverified secret recordings of SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and his wife, Martha-Ann.

The recordings were made by liberal filmmaker Lauren Windsor, who reportedly posed as a fan of the justices at a June 3 Supreme Court Historical Society dinner and later shared the recordings over social media, reports Fox News. 

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Justice Samuel Alito and his wife Martha-Ann's explosive tapes revealed

Parts of the recording released by Windsor were played on the show after Goldberg broached the subject, where the documentarian was allegedly heard in conversation with Justice Alito and his wife.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito escorts his wife, Martha, back into the hearing room following a break during the third day of Alito's confirmation hearings January 11, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Mrs. Alito began to weep as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke during the hearing. Senators have questioned Alito heavily on his views about abortion and executive powers in the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann's secret recordings discussing abortion and flags were made public (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"As a Catholic and as someone who like really cherishes my faith, I just don't. I don't know that we can negotiate with the left in a way, that like, needs to happen for the polarization to end. I think that is a matter of, like, winning," said a voice attributed to Windsor.

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The alleged response from Alito was, "I think you're probably right... one side or the other is going to win. 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."

When Windsor further said, "I think that the solution really is like winning the moral argument. Like, people in this country who believe in God have got to keep fighting for that, to return our country to a place of godliness," Alito replied, "Oh, I agree with you."

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Following the interaction, Justice Alito's wife Martha-Ann was allegedly heard in the recording saying, "You know what I want? I want a Sacred Heart of Jesus flag, because I have to look across the lagoon at the Pride flag for the next month... And he's (Alito) like, 'Oh, please don't put up a flag.' I said I won't do it because I'm deferring to you. But when you are free of this nonsense, I'm putting it up, and I'm gonna send them a message every day, maybe every week, I'll be changing the flags."

"They'll be all kinds. I made a flag in my head. This is how I satisfy myself," she continued. "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."

'The View' co-hosts say someone had to 'expose' Supreme Court justices

While acknowledging her discomfort with the unverified audio clips at the Hot Topics table, Behar shared that somebody had to "expose" the conservative justices.


"The Supreme Court at the moment is so biased and so pro-theocracy in what you saw that we just watched that somebody has to expose them because they are running around arrogant, and they have the whole GOP on their side, and we’re losing the Supreme Court’s objectivity and somebody needs to expose them," Behar said.

She was seconded by Hostin who stated, "I am extremely disappointed at what I heard, but I also am not comfortable with snippets of tape recordings without consent being taken out of context."

"I’m uncomfortable with this sort of hit job, but I will say this: In my lifetime as an attorney, I never knew the religion of the Supreme Court justices. I never knew the political affiliations of the Supreme Court justices," she later added.

"I don’t like how these tapes were obtained," stated Haines. "This woman presented as something she wasn’t, she lied, then she did this gotcha moment. I thought it was worse in the headlines than what I heard on the ground because I did listen to more of the tapes," she added. 

"It sounds like he’s being polite to this woman because she seems a little nutty, she's leading every question, and he’s sitting there. Eventually, he says, ‘the court has a limited role' and Justice Roberts handled it like a pro. They are allowed to be highly religious people and not adjudicate in that same vein," she noted.

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