THERE IS CRYING IN POLITICS …
|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne wasn’t the only “Republican” who broke into tears during the divisive debate over the removal of the Confederate flag this week.
S.C. governor Nikki Haley cried, too … just not in front of the cameras.
Haley – a former flag supporter – met behind closed doors with members of the S.C. House GOP caucus during Wednesday’s lengthy debate over the flag’s removal.
According to multiple sources, Haley called on House members to accept a Senate bill taking the controversial banner down “free and clear” – which the House ultimately did.
During the meeting, Haley told lawmakers a story about an incident that allegedly took place when she was growing up. The incident involved her father – an Indian immigrant and practicing Sikh who wears a turban on his head.
According to multiple lawmakers who recalled the story, the governor told them she and her father had stopped by a farmer’s stand to buy some produce. Later the police showed up “because he looked different.”
In telling her story, Haley broke into tears.
She’s also not the first South Carolina governor to shed tears. Former S.C. governor Mark Sanford famously wept during his rambling 2009 press conference admitting to an affair with then-lover Maria Belen Chapur.
Lawmakers voted to take the flag down in the aftermath of the “Holy City Massacre” – the horrific, racially motivated mass murder of nine black churchgoers at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C. The Mother Emanuel victims – among them S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor – were gunned down during a Bible study by Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist who used the Confederate flag as his calling card.
We wrote extensively in the aftermath of the shooting in support of removing the flag – and doing so expeditiously. We also provided some extensive historical context related to the debate (see here and here).
Both chambers of the legislature – under intense corporate pressure – ultimately did as we recommended.
It wasn’t easy, though. The flag debate exposed deep divisions – legislatively and among the citizens of the Palmetto State. We’ve already touched on the legislative discord, but we’ll have plenty of forthcoming fallout stories.
In the meantime, while “there’s no crying in baseball,” there’s apparently plenty in Palmetto politics.