Still in Office, Congressman Joe Wilson, as a State Senator, proudly voted to keep the Confederate flag flying

Joe Wilson: Consistently on the Wrong Side of History

Jul 10, 2020

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July 10, 2020

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  Joe Wilson: Consistently on the Wrong Side of History

 

The fifth anniversary of the Legislature’s decision to remove the Confederate Battle flag from the Statehouse grounds shows how much South Carolinians can accomplish when we come together.

The South Carolina of today, is not the South Carolina of five years ago and sadly we have elected officials who are stuck in the last century. Like Congressman Joe Wilson who has consistently been on the wrong side of history. 

Congressman Joe Wilson, who as a State Senator, proudly voted to keep the Confederate flag flying, is facing a tough Democratic challenger in Adair Ford Boroughs who has consistently outraised him.  

In 2000, Joe Wilson voted against the Heritage Act stating “I disagree with the compromise. “I feel very strongly about the wonderful and positive heritage of the people of South Carolina. Another concern that I’ve had is the divisions between the races in South Carolina.” He then went on to become one of only seven South Carolina Senators who voted in favor of keeping the Confederate flag flying over the Statehouse.

SCDP Chair, Trav Robertson: “A quick glance of Joe Wilson’s votes over the past two decades reveal how unaligned he is with the values of today’s South Carolina voters. Wilson voted against the ACA and unabashedly supports Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump’s foolhardy efforts to repeal healthcare from millions of Americans during the global coronavirus pandemic.” 

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