WISCONSIN GOVERNOR: “I SUPPORT HER DECISION”
|| By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin governor Scott Walker supports S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s effort to get lawmakers in the Palmetto State to remove the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds.
“I am glad (Haley) is calling for the Confederate flag to come down,” Walker tweeted. “I support her decision.”
Haley’s got plenty of support. In the aftermath of last week’s horrific, racially motivated shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., it’s hard to find anyone who believes continuing to fly the flag is a good idea.
But like Haley, Walker hasn’t always had the most consistent position on the issue.
In fact according to this Huffington Post article, he was “against the Confederate flag, before he was okay with it, before he was against it again.”
Wait … what?
In 2000, while a member of the Wisconsin legislature, Walker voted for a resolution calling on South Carolina to “immediately stop flying the Confederate flag in an official capacity.”
Fast-forward to this week when Walker – like Haley – initially waffled on whether the flag should come down.
“The placement of a Confederate flag on the Capitol grounds is a state issue and I fully expect the leaders of South Carolina to debate this but the conversation should wait until after the families have had a chance to bury and mourn their loved ones,” Walker said in a statement to Buzzfeed.
Hmmm … that hardly sounds like Walker was “okay” with the flag, but whatever.
Huff Po’s Scott Conroy argues the real issue here is Walker’s perceived malleability as a candidate.
“Walker, who is expected to officially announce his White House run next month, has faced criticism for refusing to acknowledge instances in which he has changed his position on issues,” Conroy wrote. “Last month, he argued that his change of heart on immigration reform did not constitute a ‘flip,’ since as governor, he had never had to vote on the issue.”