At a Dr. Martin Luther King event in Columbia this morning, Gov. Nikki Haley insulted the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King.
She said South Carolina has improved so much in equality and ethnic fairness that Dr. King would be proud.
Sure, Nikki! If he could overlook that the Palmetto State has new and discriminatory Voter ID laws, is attacking healthcare reform most needed by its minority citizens, and has a Confederate fanatic for Lieutenant Governor who clamors for the state to return to its pre-Civil War lifestyle.
Here's the best she could come up with (from The State):
"Haley said as a child she was proud to say she and King were Capricorns since their birthdays are so close together -- his on Jan. 15 and hers on Jan. 20."
Sad, sad, sad, Nikki.
(h/t to Anna’s facebook suggestion)
Seems like Haley’s praise for MLK was not only weak, and not just a hypocritical reflection on South Carolina’s government, either.
It was almost of completely opposite sentiment of public statements she made in her 2010 campaign, too. If she really thinks that highly of Dr. King, then why does also hold racist perceptions pertaining to slavery and the Civil War?
Haley (along the other GOP gubernatorial candidates) was interviewed by Palmetto Patriots, a conservative organization whose purpose (as described by the Wall Street Journal) is to “fight attacks against Southern Culture” and “to ensure compliance with conservative values.”
In that 2010 interview, Haley said the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery (that’s in the first 30 seconds of the video below).
No, boys and girls – it was only a case of “tradition” versus “change,” Haley said. (Forget the fact that the South Carolina legislature wrote in its secession declaration that slavery was the only reason….)
More direct comments of negativity were made by the unknown interviewers, that’s true (such as, slavery was going to end on its own anyway, Lincoln’s “minority government” was only trying to rid the country of its actual founding principles, and the Emancipation Proclamation was the wrong thing to do). But all Haley does is nod her head in agreement with those statements.
She also defends the presence of the Confederate Flag on the state capitol grounds, and says she would “not succumb to pressure” to remove it.
Feel a little quiver in your feet right now? Those are small tremors caused by Dr. Martin Luther King rolling over in his grave.
(Editor’s note: there may be other organizations using the same “Palmetto Patriots” name, and which might not be affiliated with the group that filmed this Haley interview. Specifically, the state GOP has an apparent donors club using that name, and another named “Palmetto Patriots, Settler, Natives and Heroes” first created a facebook page in June 2012.)