Lolwut of the Day: Jeb Bush Says the Problem With the Confederate Flag Wasn’t the Confederacy
Here’s our amazingly tone-deaf Jeb Bush statement of the day, as he actually tells an audience there was no problem with the Confederacy or the Confederate battle flag — the problem is what the flag came to represent in the 20th century.
GOP 2016er Jeb Bush defended his decision as Florida governor to take down the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol by arguing the controversy around Confederate monuments “isn’t the 19th century issue, it’s the 20th century issue.”
“The problem with the Confederate flag isn’t the Confederacy, the problem with the Confederate flag is what it began to represent later,” Bush said while on a campaign stop. “And that’s what we have to avoid to heal those wounds.”
In the 19th century, the Confederate battle flag represented treason against the United States, the vile racist institution of slavery, and a civil war that took hundreds of thousands of lives. What the hell is Jeb Bush talking about?