Former GOP SC Gov. Nikki Haley Says Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ Confederate Flag: Was Seen As ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’ Symbol Before Shooting

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Haley Blames Media For Making Charleston Massacre ‘About Racism’

Nikki Haley, who formerly served as the South Carolina governor and then as the Trump administration U.N. ambassador, blamed “the national media” for making a white supremacist’s 2015 massacre of nine black churchgoers at a historic African American church “about racism.”

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Haley also said that the murderer, Dylann Roof, “hijacked” the supposedly virtuous nature of the Confederate battle flag.

“Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and had just hijacked everything that people thought of,” she said.

“We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina.
There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but people saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage.”

Roof posed in online photos with the Confederate flag. After the massacre, bipartisan pressure and protest called for the flag to be removed from state capitol grounds. One of the nine people killed was the state senator Clementa C. Pinckney.


In response, Haley, then the state’s governor, announced her support for removing the flag. State legislators passed a measure to do so, and she signed it.

“Once he did that,” Haley said of Roof’s attack, “there was no way to overcome it.”

The national media came in in droves,” she continued. “They wanted to define what happened. They wanted to make this about racism, they wanted to make this about gun control, they wanted to make it about the death penalty.”
 

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Nikki Haley sold out Charleston SC to Boeing, Boeing do what ever the fuck they want. Annex land and all, and if any politician gets buck. They just threaten to up and leave, added to that, they pay absolutely no state taxes. But..their employees do.

She made that move and dipped out

She is a political opportunist, take nothing she says as her own personal views
 

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From what I heard, she was halfway decent before she got with Trump. She sold her soul for a little shine.

Naw...she was never decent. People like her you wouldn't piss on if they were on fire.

Nothin but an opportunistic muthafucca. Like that tweet by Illinois...she knows what she's doing.
 

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Where are my “both sides” posters at.

She is the same as AOC or Bernie Sanders right?

Blatant Dog whistle to hard core racists all in the name of political expedency.

“But but ... why don’t we vote Republican, guys? I heard Trump said something about reparations one time ...”

Complete and total Idiocy.
 

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Nikki Haley sold out Charleston SC to Boeing, Boeing do what ever the fuck they want. Annex land and all, and if any politician gets buck. They just threaten to up and leave, added to that, they pay absolutely no state taxes. But..their employees do.

She made that move and dipped out

She is a political opportunist, take nothing she says as her own personal views
THIS.

Corporate control of our politics is the biggest issue today.

Washington doesn’t serve the people , it serves corporate interests.