Voters in South Carolina are receiving a robocall supporting Ted Cruz that criticizes Donald Trump for refusing to support “our” Confederate flag.
From the Post and Courier:
“Put it in a museum, let it go,” the recording says, quoting Trump and his view on removing the flag.
An announcer then picks up by saying “That’s Donald Trump supporting Nikki Haley removing the battle flag from the Confederate memorial in Columbia.”
It adds “people like Donald Trump are always butting their noses into other people’s business,” and that “Trump talks about our flag like it’s a social disease.”
The call was paid for by an independent pro-Cruz group, the Courageous Conservative Political Action Committee, which means that the Cruz campaign can officially deny actively campaigning on the Confederate flag. Even if he is benefitting from the efforts of a group that is in no uncertain terms telling South Carolinians to vote against Trump (and for Cruz, whose base of support most closely overlaps with Trump’s) over a symbol of treason and racism.
Not for nothing, a recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 70 percent of Trump’s supporters in South Carolina disagreed with the state’s recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from government property, while only 20 percent disagreed. Trump supporters held much more favorable views of the Confederate flag than Republican voters who didn’t support Trump, as “only” 54 percent of South Carolina Republicans felt that it should be flying over the state capitol overall.
A plurality of Trump’s supporters also indicated that they wished the South had won the Civil War.
All this is to say that, like it or not, Trump’s less-than-emphatic support for the Stars and Bars means that one of Cruz’s biggest growth areas in the state is among the same white nationalist who have thus far flocked to Trump.
I’m sure he’s proud.