South Carolina State Rep. Bill Chumley Makes Offensive Comments About Church Massacre
Is THAT what they did, Billy Boy? “Waited” to get murdered?
A South Carolina lawmaker who voted against opening debate about whether to remove the Confederate flag from state grounds said his constituents want the flag to remain, and seemed to question why the victims in the Charleston shooting didn’t do more to defend themselves.
State Rep. Bill Chumley, a Republican who represents Spartanburg, told CNN on Tuesday that “We need to be focusing on the nine families that are left and see that this doesn’t happen again. These people sat in there and waited their turn to be shot. That’s sad that somebody in there with the means of self-defense could have stopped this.”
When asked by CNN’s Drew Griffin, “Are you turning this into a gun debate?” Chumley replied, “You said guns. Why didn’t somebody just do something? I mean, you got one skinny person shooting a gun. I mean, we need to take and do what you can.”
Chumley added: “I don’t know what the answer was but I know it’s really horrible for nine people to be shot, and I understand that he reloaded his gun during the process. That’s upsetting.”
If Bill’s utter stupidity or his incendiary and insensitive tone hasn’t caused your head to spontaneously combust, then maybe this will.
In regards to the Confederate flag which waves in front of the State House…
“I think the misuse and the miseducation of the flag has pushed it to this point,” he said.
“Why do we let hate groups dictate how we feel and how we live?” he added. “Hate groups are everywhere. They’re just mean people. We just found that out in Charleston.”
We readily admit, it’s not really *news* that the crotchety, crusty, old white men who dictate policy in this country can be total azzholes.
But that doesn’t mean we are going to stop pointing them out.
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