The last time Thomas Ravenel ran for office, he’ll now admit to me, his message needed work. “I kept saying during the campaign, I’m good on policy, I’m good in business,” Ravenel said. “Not so great in my personal relationships, but hey, two out of three ain’t bad. But I think that I was wrong. You really have to have three out of three. You really have to have your personal life in order.”
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA—On Friday, the last full day before the South Carolina Republican primary, most of the candidates—including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich—hosted rallies in the Charleston area. Their messages ranged from the overtly religious to the outright insane, but their audiences were astoundingly similar.
At least eight students at The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina have been suspended after photos of them dressed in white hoods surfaced on Facebook Wednesday night. Though Citadel president Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa was quick to explain the incident as a group of students “singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit,” that excuse looks even flimsier when considered in the context of the school’s racist past.
Just after 1 a.m. this morning, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to permanently remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. After hours of debate over adding amendments to the bill, which could have delayed the vote, Republican Rep. Jenny Horne delivered an emotional, tearful speech urging her colleagues to pass the bill without any changes.
In the wake of the murders of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist with Confederate sympathies, multiple national retailers announced plans this week to stop selling Confederate flags and Confederate flag-branded apparel and paraphernalia. Walmart was the first to eliminate Confederate merchandise, with eBay, Amazon and even Etsy following suit. As of today, there’s scarcely a trace of the famous “rebel flag” on Walmart.com or Amazon.com. But bargain-hunting chattel slavery enthusiasts need not abandon their laptops for flea markets just yet: You can still buy Confederate flags at both of those sites—just not the one most people think of as “the Confederate Flag.”