*Yes, by now the Confederate Flag has come down. Hooray! But it’s important to reveal that there are some people, Republications of all things, that passionately supported that happening.
One woman in particular stood up on a very emotional level, to solidify why it was important that the Confederate flag be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s Capitol. And her impassioned speech had everyone in the room tearful.
Rep. Jenny Horne laid into her GOP colleagues who were fighting to keep the flag, by stalling the debate with dozens of amendments.
“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday,” Horne cried.
She hit them hard as she spoke about the funeral of her slain colleague, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church who was one of the victims since named the “Emmanuel Nine,” who were killed by gunman, Dylann Roof while they were at Bible Study.
“For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that [not removing the flag] would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it,” Horne declared, unable to control her tears and indignation.
Opponents of removing the flag talked about grandparents who passed down family treasures and lamented that the flag had been “hijacked” or “abducted” by racists.
Horne did not shy away from her own family’s lineage. The deep-rooted southerner reminded her colleagues that she was a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. And for the past seven years she has championed everything from improving her states schools and roads to decriminalizing marijuana extract for medicinal purposes.
After a 13 hour debate, a House vote of 94-20 won to remove the flag.
Watch Horner’s impassioned speech below. And would you believe she wasn’t even going to talk? She later said they got the best of her and she couldn’t be quiet any longer.
Curtain hides Confederate flag at funeral of State Senator