FLAG FLAP HEADED TO COURT
S.C. governor Nikki Haley is being sued by the South Carolina Secessionist Party over her recent decision to raise an athletic team’s flag from the dome of the S.C. State House. According to the party, Haley violated state law when she raised the banner without the assent of lawmakers.
Haley ordered the flag of the Coastal Carolina University athletics department raised from the dome last week after the school’s baseball team won the College World Series.
The flag-raising was initially controversial due to the poor condition of the United States and South Carolina flags … but Secessionist Party leader James Bessenger quickly pointed out another problem.
“Governor Haley had no qualms about calling a special session of the S.C. General Assembly in order to launch an unprovoked, politically calculated and treacherous assault on the Confederate Battle Flag which flew next to the Confederate Soldiers monument last year,” Bessenger wrote in a letter to the editor. “Our governor was willing to go through all of that to get a law put on the books removing the Confederate Battle Flag.”
Now a court case over the Coastal Carolina flag (of all banners) is looming … the latest installment in what appears to be a bigger battle between Haley and the group.
“After lengthy debate between the members of our legal team, the South Carolina Secessionist Party has been advised, and decided, to move forward with a lawsuit following Governor Nikki Haley’s violation of the Heritage Act last week,” read a statement from Bessenger posted to the party’s Facebook page.
Bessenger’s party is also contemplating legal action against Haley’s Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) in the event it forces party members to rally alongside members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and neo-Nazi organizations.
According to Bessenger, his group supports neither the neo-Nazis nor the KKK – whose most prominent regional leader is actually an informant for the federal government.
The Secessionist Party’s flag case has yet to be filed in state court, however we look forward to bringing our readers a copy of the pleading as soon as we receive it.
Obviously this isn’t the only high-profile lawsuit involving Haley. Earlier this year she was sued over her administration’s taxpayer-subsidized refugee resettlement program.