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Lovers of the Confederate Flag are losing their minds over the recent push to rid our country of the symbol of hate.
In a conversation with black pundit Juan Williams, Bill O'Reilly insisted the flag represents "bravery" not hate.
Transcript Via Media Matters
O'REILLY: That's a positive and I just -- got to go. You say the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate and you believe that.
JUAN WILLIAMS: That's the way I feel when I see it.
O'REILLY: Okay, okay. And absolutely 100 percent legitimate. For some other people who see it in a historical context --
WILLIAMS: What's the historical context?
O'REILLY: It represents bravery.
WILLIAMS: Oh get out of town.
O'REILLY: In war.
WILLIAMS: They put it up in anger when they were trying to mass resist the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's.
O'REILLY: You know as well as I do that it represents, to some, bravery in the Civil War because the Confederates fought hard.
But that's what it represents. You're right historically, but in their minds, that's what it represents. And in your mind it represents hate. So, and everybody should know what the two sides are believing.
O'Reilly also went nuts on a guest over Racism:
Bill O'Reilly argued that racism is not an "epidemic" in America.
"I’m saying that the world is being told by anti-American haters that we are a rank, racist society, and that is a lie," O'Reilly told Powers during the segment.
After O'Reilly turned to another guest on his show, he accused Powers of "snorting" while the guest was making a point. Powers balked at the accusation, and the two quickly began debating racism again.
While arguing over whether everyone in the U.S. acknowledges the legacy of slavery in the U.S., Powers told O’Reilly, "There are actually a lot of people in this country who are racist."
The debate then took a turn for the worse.
"I have to wonder about why you can’t see what’s happening, because most Americans are not racist," O'Reilly said. "They’re not!"
"Really? So how many black friends do you have?" Powers asked. "How many black friends do you have?"
O'Reilly did not appear to be pleased with Powers' question and said, "If you think most Americans are racist, I’m ashamed of you."
Fox News Hatemonger Todd Starnes wrings his hands and worries if the politically correct flag-haters will become Confederate grave robbers.
I wonder if Confederate graveyards will be spared?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 23, 2015
What's going to happen when they tell Ole Miss they can't be Ole Miss anymore?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 23, 2015
Is it still okay to watch "Forrest Gump"? I'm trying to be more politically correct.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 23, 2015
Critics want Stonewall Jackson Elementary renamed in Dallas. #culturalcleansing— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 23, 2015
Conspiracy-Monger, Alex Jones says because some Democrats turned into "Dixiecrats" after the Civil Rights Movement, then we ought to ban the Democratic Party. Um, but the Dixiecrats turned into the Republicans who turned into the Tea Party, so . . . But he was echoed by Fox News Derp-Mistress Andrea Tantaros.
#ConfederateFlag Controversy: Why Not Just Ban Democratic Party For Its Links to Racism? http://t.co/VwIqz8sTqU #tcot pic.twitter.com/tKTxJPACdc— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) June 23, 2015
The confederate flag debate is the new legitimate rape litmus test to trap the GOP. But historically it was the flag of Southern DEMOCRATS.— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) June 22, 2015
Wow. Democrats get so wound up when you remind the nation of how their party defended slavery. My confederate flag comments hitting a nerve.— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) June 22, 2015
Not really, Andrea, because History.
So Confederate Flag is "southern heritage" defenders say. It is also "slave heritage". They pretend to not know that.— Linda Husser (@LindaHusser) June 21, 2015
Breitbart decided to attack The Gay Rainbow Flag, which as we know flies over every statehouse in the south. Oh wait ...
Take Down the Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag - Breitbart http://t.co/leoJcSGjXp via @BreitbartNews— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
The hateful symbol of those who harrass and bully those who stand for traditional marriage must come down... pic.twitter.com/q2yA3AE0Io— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
Then there's Ann Coulter who sounds more and more like Dylann Roof's wicked stepmother in her push to "white up" 'Merica.
Coulter: @nikkihaley is an immigrant and doesn't understand American history. pic.twitter.com/ruYTz85MCq— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 24, 2015
Coulter: Gov Haley is an "an immigrant and does not understand America's history" Fact: Haley born In South Carolina http://t.co/t6K6PFvNub— Media Matters (@mmfa) June 24, 2015
Even the The Blaze pointed out Coulter's mistake:
Ann Coulter goes after @nikkihaley with scathing comment, but there’s a big problem with her claim: http://t.co/dvvgNgf95H— TheBlaze (@theblaze) June 24, 2015
Conservative pundit Bill Kristol became so hyperbolic on Twitter that people wondered if his account was a parody. In a series of nearly hysterical tweets, he compared taking down the Confederate Flag to the French Revolution, as if the guillotines were being set up outside the SC Statehouse. And probably, he should be glad this isn't really a Revolution.
The Left's 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 23, 2015
It's our own mini-French Revolution, expunging history in a frenzy of self-righteousness. Luckily, so far: 1st time tragedy, 2nd time farce.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 23, 2015
As Lefties might have noticed if they visited Arlington or Gettysburg, there are Confederate monuments, statues & graves. Ecrasez l'infame!— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 23, 2015
Bill Kristol timeline is an amusing example of a racist hissy fit— David Samples (@NatureGuy101) June 23, 2015
Are you volunteering for the guillotine @BillKristol?— Odd Hack (@Odd_Hack) June 23, 2015
Bill Kristol, unsatisfied with being disastrously wrong about the Iraq War, is now defending the Confederacy.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 23, 2015
Bill Kristol is clearly going after the world record for Things One Human Being Is Wrong About.— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) June 24, 2015
Uhhh, Bill Kristol does realize when Southerners defected to the Confederacy, they weren't Americans anymore, right? pic.twitter.com/J9zlz5vctb— Drew Gibson (@SuppressThis) June 23, 2015
I'm confused, @BillKristol, why SHOULD I respect Confederates who fought against America?— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 23, 2015
Bill Kristol suggests compromise that Confederate flags be replaced with Duck Dynasty beach towels for "time being" pic.twitter.com/e2MNe6NCdS— Bill (@tomservo10) June 23, 2015
But Kristol is hardly alone. The hysteria was building yesterday as retailers dropped Confederate Flags from their merchandising.
#ConfederateFlag #southernpride We say grace and we say ma'am if you aint into that we dont give a damn #Mississippi pic.twitter.com/TwwYc2oOov— Consuela (@s_camtx) June 23, 2015
Companies like @amazon @Walmart @eBay are following lock n step with #TyrannicalLeft . Banning inanimate objects such as #ConfederateFlag— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 23, 2015