A pro-confederacy GOP candidate running for Governor of South Carolina likes to brag about how her ancestors fought for the South in the Civil War.
Catherine Templeton is even more of a right-wing nutjob than the current Republican governor, Henry McMaster. In addition to being a proud confederate, she is also an attorney and served in the cabinet of McMaster’s predecessor, Nikki Haley.
Following the racially-motivated slaughter of nine people at Emanuel AME Church, many in the state called for the removal of Confederate monuments. Templeton says hell no. “I’m proud of the Confederacy,” she told Pickens County Republicans in August 2017.
“I don’t think there’s anything else to say about it,” she added. “You cannot rewrite history. I don’t care whose feelings it hurts. You cannot rewrite history.”
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Templeton followed that up this month by bragging that her family had fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. However, she insisted that this surely wasn’t because they didn’t want to give up their slaves.
I think it’s important to note that my family didn’t fight because we had slaves. My family fought because the federal government was trying to tell us how to live. We didn’t need them to tell us how to live way back then, and we don’t need them to tell us how to live today.
Go figure, census records show that her ancestor, Hiram Clark Brawley, owned 66 human beings as slaves. After his death, the family continued to manage his plantation. During the Civil War, Brawley’s son joined South Carolina’s army.
But of course, this was about state’s rights. Who cares that the specific state’s right in question was the right to own other human beings based on the color of their skin, right? Black leaders in South Carolina were hardly surprised by this revelation.
“I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” said Joe Darby, a local black church leader. “When you elevate the Confederacy, you stomp on the memories of those who were subjugated, the slaves. She’s stomping on my ancestors.”
Templeton did the only thing she could. She posted a video of herself crying all over Twitter, because boo hoo.
Yesterday, the Democratic Party called me a white supremacist. Because I support president Trump? Or because I fight for Democratic ideals?
You can watch Templeton shed her Confederate-loving tears below:
Let’s see what happens when you call me and my friends racist… pic.twitter.com/4NaGpBq6bI
— Catherine Templeton for Governor (@TempletonCath) November 9, 2017