Roll Call: 2/3 Of House GOP Votes To Keep Racist Traitors’ Confederate Flag In National Cemeteries
It’s been said that even though Donald Trump has been conspicuously racist throughout the Republican primary, somehow, the selection of Trump as the nominee of the Republican Party does not indicate that the Republican Party is a racist institution. Trump has been hailed by the majority of rank and file Republican voters, and is now being accepted by the majority of establishment Republican leaders, without protest against Trump’s racist affiliations, actions, and policies, but still, they tell us that the Republican Party isn’t racist.
That argument becomes a lot more difficult after a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today. That vote was on an amendment, from Democrat Jared Huffman, that would prohibit large scale displays of the Confederate Battle Flag in national cemeteries. The choice by families of individual soldiers to place small Confederate flags by the graves of their ancestors would remain protected. Huffman’s amendment would only ban the display of large Confederate flags over multiple graves or where no graves are present.
The racist associations of the Confederate flag are well known. It stood for the preservation of slavery and the oppression of African-Americans. What’s more, the Confederate flag represented a heinous betrayal of the United States of America, resulting in the deaths of huge numbers of American citizens. That’s what Confederate leaders themselves said.
Yet, the following Republican politicians – two-thirds of the Republicans in the House of Representatives – voted to maintain the display of large Confederate flags in U.S. national cemeteries.
Mike Kelly (PA)