COLUMBIA — Upstate Sen. Lee Bright has launched a campaign to keep the Confederate battle flag flying on the Statehouse grounds.
Through social media, the Roebuck Republican is offering flag supporters a petition that keeps the flag on the capitol grounds. Those who also wish to make a donation to Bright’s campaign will get a bumper sticker that depicts the Confederate banner and says, “Keep your hands off my flag.”
Bright could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. But in a Facebook post, Bright said the outpouring of support to keep the flag on the Statehouse’s grounds has been “absolutely overwhelming.”
“If the recent SCOTUS decisions teach us anything, it’s that states’ rights are under attack more than ever,” Bright wrote in a post.
Since the mass killing of nine churchgoers in Charleston, the state has been under fire for flying the Confederate battle flag on Statehouse grounds. Lawmakers are expected to discuss bills that would remove the flag when they return to tackle gubernatorial vetoes on Monday.
Two-thirds in each chamber of the General Assembly have to vote in favor of taking the battle flag down, a threshold that has been met according to a Post and Courier poll.
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