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SC Senator Criticized For Attacking “Confederate Flag Funeral”




S.C. Senator Margie Bright Matthews is facing criticism for slamming a Colleton county funeral procession that prominently displayed several Confederate flags.

“Shame, shame, shame!!” Matthews wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post containing video of the procession – which passed by her home.

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The funeral procession was for 28-year-old Marshall “Bubba” Catterton, who died last weekend when a car struck him as he attempted to move a dead deer from a local roadway.

“Be a good citizen, get killed – then get mocked by your own Senator,” said James Bessenger, founder of the S.C. Secessionist party and an advocate for the Confederate flag.

Matthews claimed her post was justified – citing the 2015 mass murder of nine black parishioners (including the State Senator whose seat she now holds) at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C.

“Given all of the horrible events that have happened recently and their connection (or not) to this flag, it evokes … distress in others,” she wrote on social media.  “My grandson was in the house and was upset that someone was going to hurt him.”

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Bessenger said Matthews was making excuses for her action – and that she was looking for a reason to attack the flag.

“She was just chomping at the bit to be able to say something about a Confederate flag,” Bessenger said.  “She saw an opportunity to look like a righteous social warrior and ended up putting her ugly liberal foot in her mouth.  How can someone claim to represent her district when she mocks the deaths of her own constituents?”

Hard to argue that point …

Bessenger and his allies have launched an online petition demanding Matthews’ resignation.  The petition slammed Matthews for her “poor understanding of history” and for harboring a “desire to stir racial division” in South Carolina.

This website supported the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House last summer – although we believe the process by which the flag was removed was far from ideal.

(For our exhaustive requiem on the flag issue, click here).