Earliest this week, the scribes at AL(dot)com, an outlet owned by Alabama Media Group that is a subsidiary of New York billionaires Donald and Samuel Newhouse's Advance Publications, appeared to take issue with U.S. Rep. Barry Moore's (R-Enterprise) tweet of an "Appeal to Heaven" flag shortly before the Trump guilty verdict was announced.

In his piece, AL(dot) com's Howard Koplowitz suggested the flag represents negative connotations given it was displayed by "rioters who violently stormed the Capitol in January 2021 echoing Trump's false claims of election fraud," which is a talking point recently used by left-wing activists seeking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's recusal from January 6 proceedings.

According to a New York Times piece, the flag was on display at Aliton's vacation home around the time of the January 6, 2021 incident.

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show" on Friday, Moore dismissed any accusation that his tweet of the flag had anything to do with Koplowitz's idea of insurrection.

"I am calling for an insurrection in a way that I want people to drop to their knees and seek the Creator of the universe to save this country," Moore said. "I think it's the greatest nation that's ever been gifted to mankind on planet Earth. And so when I put out the Appeal to Heaven Flag months ago, it was had nothing to do with the insurrection. It had the fact to do that Washington raised that thing when we needed it in the Revolutionary War. And it's one of those things that, man, I just know in my heart of hearts that if we don't return to the credit of the universe and the Lord God Almighty, this country's in big, big trouble. The reason we've been blessed is because we're a nation, I think, of prayer, a nation of people who seek him."

"And certainly our Founding Fathers throughout history did that," he added. "And I don't think that now is the time to turn away from what made this nation great. So, it has nothing to do with whatever they wanted. Like you said, the C-minus journalists wanted to call it. It's just Barry Moore expressing his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, but also saying as a leader, as an elected official, I am not as wise as I need to be in these times of trying issues for our country, and I need guidance from on high. And so I feel the heaven, and I encourage people to do the same on my behalf and on their behalf."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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