The extent to which the Obama administration loathes Republicans and the Confederate flag was made clear Thursday at the White House press pool.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest began the daily briefing by noting that both chambers of the South Carolina legislature approved a measure to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, and that Gov. Nikki Haley was expected to sign it into law.
If he was pleased with the decision, he didn’t show it, and instead used the occasion to scorn the Republican Party in general, with not-so-subtle references to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Republicans in Congress, however, seem to have values and priorities that lie elsewhere. Right now, the interior appropriations in the House is jammed up because a sizable number of House Republicans are eager to protect the status of the Confederate flag on National Park Service grounds.
These are the same House Republicans who voted for a leader who once described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage,’ these are the same congressional Republicans who have declined to criticize the race-baiting rhetoric of a leading Republican presidential candidate. That’s to say nothing of the Senate Republican who saluted that candidate. So when you hear me say that congressional Republicans have an agenda that is out of step with the vast majority of Americans, this record, at least in part, is what I’m referring to.
Perhaps Earnest is the one out of step. Or, as one Twitter user put it, “a man who works for the most divisive president in history, he can just shut the hell up.”
According to a CNN/ORC poll conducted last week, a majority of Americans — about 57 percent — see the Confederate flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism and white supremacy.
Maybe he is just ashamed that the civil rights legislation of the 1960s was passed in spite of — not because of — the Democratic Party.
And the current president has been the last person to walk across the aisle to reach a compromise.
It’s always been his way or the highway.
Social media users made it clear they didn’t appreciate the tone.
@10thAmendment A man who works for the most divisive president in American history can just shut the hell up.
— Angel Fitzpatrick (@angelfitzpat51) July 9, 2015
@10thAmendment ‘getting nasty’ ??? Been nasty for too long, no one can fight logically with emotional childish namecallers…& logic loses
— gillian (@gillianbdoll) July 9, 2015
@10thAmendment@mkues65 He’s the face of a desperate administration now exposed. He’s the wizard behind the curtain when Toto opened it.
— Rontu (@Rontu) July 9, 2015
But this one is the best smackdown of all.
Josh Earnest sure is upset that Republicans took down the Democrat battle flag.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 9, 2015
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