Following what was for all intents and purposes a needless #TakeItDown rally on a Saturday in mid-June that attracted thousands to Columbia, South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley announced during a press conference that, yes, the Confederate flag would come down from its place on the State House grounds.
The Republican-controlled state senate voted today 37-3 on a second reading to take down the flag. A third and final reading is scheduled for tomorrow, and then the House will debate the legislation.
Will this ever be a done deal? Yes, almost certainly. And legally.
“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough tweeted after the vote that he was “proud to be from the South.”
Gov. Haley was still a target for abuse after announcing the flag would come down, with Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh complaining that Haley looked a little too self-satisfied considering “it took the assassination of nine African Americans to do the right thing.” Scarborough’s tweet opened him up to criticism as well.