The media, and especially rightwing media (FOX, Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, etc...), is telling us "the liberals" or "the commies" took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina. The big secret, if you actually count the votes in the South Carolina House, Senate, and the executive, is that more Republicans than Democrats voted to bring down the Confederate flag.
Yes, it was the Republican HAT-TRICK: House, Senate, Governor
The South Carolina House passed taking down the Confederate flag 94-20. Of the 94 take-down-the-flag votes, 48 Republicans voted yes to 46 Democrats. So Republicans out-voted Democrats 48-46 to take down the flag in the South Carolina House.
The South Carolina Senate passed taking down the Confederate flag 36-3. Of the 36 take-down-the-flag votes, 20 Republicans voted yes to 16 Democrats. So Republicans out-voted Democrats 20-16 to take down the flag in the South Carolina Senate.
Finally, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is a Republican. No matter what the outcome of the House and Senate vote was, she could have vetoed it...but she didn't. She signed it into law.
You probably didn't know the REPUBLICANS did the hat-trick and out-voted Democrats to take down the Confederate flag in the House, Senate, and the executive branch. That's all 3 branches of South Carolina government, totally controlled by Republicans, that passed the law. Democrats in South Carolina have no power at all. Only Republicans could have passed the take down the Confederate flag bill. Only Republicans could have PREVENTED the bill from going into law, because they control all branches of government in South Carolina.
So next time you hear Republican politicians and rightwing media and rightwing media pundits saying "THE LIBERALS TOOK DOWN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG", you can look at the links below that give the exact votes in the South Carolina House and Senate, broken down by party, and you can tell them, "NO! REPUBLICANS TOOK DOWN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG! THAT'S A FACT THEY'RE NOT TELLING US!"
Republicans betrayed fans of the Confederate flag, not "liberals" or "commies". How can Republicans take down the Confederate flag and face no repercussions from their voter base? Because they play the media game better and somehow successfully have blamed "the liberals" who actually didn't do it.
Here are the votes in each South Carolina chamber, by party:
South Carolina House Vote On Confederate Flag By Party: 94 Yes (48 Republican, 46 Democrat)
South Carolina Senate Vote On Confederate Flag By Party: 36 Yes (20 Republican, 16 Democrat)
South Carolina House Republicans Outnumber Democrats 78-46, one of the largest margins of any state in the U.S.
South Carolina Senate Republicans Outnumber Democrats 28-17
Now ask yourself why you didn't know that! The reason is because of the media and how difficult they've made it on the internet to find out votes by party. It took me quite a long time to find these stats. The average person wouldn't do that. The average person blindly believes what the media tells them: THE LIBERALS TOOK DOWN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG!
WRONG!!! REPUBLICANS TOOK DOWN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG! (and blamed "liberals")