SC Governor Thinks Confederate Flag at Statehouse is Fine Because Corporations Haven’t Complained
During a gubernatorial debate, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley may have wanted to think about her answer a bit more. When asked why she did not object to the Confederate flag being flown on the Statehouse property, she said she did not care, because all the CEO’s of corporations she talks to never mentioned it was a problem.
It started when her gubernatorial challenger, Sen. Vincent Sheheen said that he thinks the people of South Caroline deserve to retire the relic of their past that is tinged with racism and put it in a museum.
“I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are,” Sheheen said, calling for the people to “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.”
In response, Haley did not dispute Sheheen’s suggestion that it may be what the people want, but said that the flag did not bother her because CEO’s did not object.
“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” the governor said. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”
She also suggested racism was dead in the state.
“But we really kind of fixed all that [intolerance and racism] when you elected the first Indian-American female governor,” she claimed. “When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”
Even the libertarian candidate did not buy Haley’s ‘South Carolina is now progressive, not at all racist’ spiel.
While he said that freedom of speech meant you could paint your house with a Confederate flag, he conceded that the flag on public grounds “represents a lot of division in this state, and we need to be coming together.”
He also said that while he cannot vouch for CEO’s Haley has talked to on the phone, when he talks to people about bringing jobs to the state they think that South Carolina is still mired in a “backwoods good ol’ boy network” and don’t want to come.
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