"I think they're going to have a good healthy debate and should have that debate in South Carolina amongst officials at the state level," Walker told reporters after his dinner speech at the "Road to Majority" conference.Walker has since changed his mind about honoring the victims and their families and has come out in support of Governor Nikki Haley's call to finally take down the Confederate flag:
"I just think before I or anyone else weighs in on anything to do with policy, whether it's this or any other policy decisions, we should honor the dead and the families by allowing them to bury their loved ones. And then you could perfectly ask me that question at some point in the next week or two when that's done."
Walker also deferred when asked by a reporter if he viewed the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism.
After sidestepping questions about the issue over the weekend, Gov. Scott Walker on Monday said he supports South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol.Apparently Walker also got the memo from the dark money special interest groups that this was a loser issue and not worth the battle.
"I am glad @nikkihaley is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. I support her decision - SKW," Walker tweeted from his political account shortly after Haley called for the flag to be taken down.
The push to remove the flag comes in the wake of the racially-motivated killing of nine black worshippers in a historic Charleston church last week.
On a related note, just like so many other Republicans - including Wisconsin's dumb senator, Ron Johnson - Walker received campaign donations from Earl Holt III, the leader of a white supremacist group that reportedly influenced Dylann Roof. Walker has said that he would donate the $3,500 he got from Holt to charity:
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker’s political nonprofit, Our American Revival, said in a statement Monday that Walker will donate Holt’s contributions to charity.Putting aside what the spokeswoman for his nonprofit is doing speaking for his campaign, I would point out to the gentle reader that this is more of Walker's mastery of subliminal racism.
If Walker was genuinely repulsed by the blatant racism of Holt and his organization, Walker would have renounced the money and returned it or burned it. By giving the money to charity, Walker is allowing Holt to retain his dignity, saying that his money went to a good cause. Likewise, it gives Walker the chance to appear that he doesn't support racism without coming out against it.