Even Mitt Romney Says South Carolina Needs to Take Down the Confederate Flag

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In the face of the stunning cowardice of almost all of the Republicans running for president in 2016, we get this from Mitt Romney of all people, “Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.”

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Sure, former Governor Romney isn’t running this time around so he is free to speak his truth and we didn’t see this kind of courage flowing from him when he was running. But what this shows is that Republicans are deliberately denying decency out of pure cowardice in order to appease their base.

This is still one of the best things Mitt Romney has done in a long time. This shows leadership. There are plenty of other Republicans who aren’t running for anything who are silent in the face of horror, or worse yet, justifying the terrorist attacks on a black church that slaughtered nine precious people.

Republicans will say anything to avoid admitting that this was an act of hatred, because they can’t afford to alienate a base deliberately built on the Southern strategy. Of course they aren’t going to say take that flag down, even though the alleged shooter is in multiple pictures with it and acted on the hatred it represents. That flag is their party flag at this point.

Mitt Romney always struggled with the Republican base, and now he is free to be true to who he is. No matter his egregious economic beliefs, Romney couldn’t quite embrace being an Archie Bunker for the base. I wouldn’t want him as president for many reasons, but with these remarks he has shown that he can lead. He has shown a humanity here that is missing to a terrifying degree in the rest of the Republican 2016 lineup.

Whether they are suppressing their humanity to cater to their base or they really don’t have it is irrelevant, because who could and would do that? What kind of person is so devoid of humanity that they can claim this mass shooting was an accident or play dumb as to its motivation, when the alleged shooter admitted his motivation to witnesses.

A huge score here for Mitt Romney.

We don’t have to agree on policy, but we should all agree on basic things like that hatred for a group of people is bad and a mass shooting to get rid of black people is a terrorist attack. We should all be able to agree that the Confederate flag symbolized hatred and has for a long time, no matter how the south spins it.

Leaders must be able to side with humanity and bring out the best in the country at times of need, not cater to its worst side. President Obama was right, the Confederate flag belongs in a museum.

Update: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has also come out saying the Confederate flag belongs in a museum. This is an admirable position from someone who is already struggling with Republican primary voters.

13 Replies to “Even Mitt Romney Says South Carolina Needs to Take Down the Confederate Flag”

  1. Hopefully he won’t be the last to step up and display some common sense. But don’t expect that from inside the clown car.

  2. Mitt, you turncoat!

    What can be more patriotic than the proud display of the Confederate flag, symbolizing those most revered Southern achievements — slavery, secession, and segregation — on all government buildings among Bible Belt states?

  3. One time, long, long ago, in a galaxy far away, he sometimes evinced principles, and now that his presidential ambitions are toast, he can afford a few again.

  4. “What kind of person is so devoid of humanity that they can claim this mass shooting was an accident or play dumb as to its motivation, when the alleged shooter admitted his motivation to witnesses”. These bastards are well aware of their misdeeds toward the American people. 100% aware. Kochs, follow the money. These assholes know exactly what they’re doing. as quiet as it’s kept, investigations of the voting machine totals are in progress across the country. Can’t make this up.

  5. Perhaps a little off topic from this particular column, but I’m so mad at how Fox and Friends attempted to portray this act of racial hatred as an attack on Christianity or religious freedom. I’ll bet we’ll find out soon that Root is a Christian — just like Tim McVeigh. Then how will they spin it?

    Can you imagine their reaction if Root was African-American and did this to a white Bible Study group?? Would anyone on the right be struggling to come up with a motivation in that scenario??

  6. One hundred and fifty years is long enough to be mad about losing a war you started yourself.
    We fought a civil war to restore human dignity and equality and the South lost, yet South Carolina still belligerently flies that awful symbol of human slavery and hatred over their capitol.
    Scarlett was pissed too, but she got over it.
    To paraphrase the immortal words of Rhett Butler –
    “Frankly South Carolina, I don’t give a damn.”

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