Our Governor, who many here saw as no different than the Democratic candidate, went on a friendly radio station today to support the flag flying at the S.C. capitol. His support, he claimed, was that it was matter of “tradition.”
“As a citizen of this country and what’s happened, particularly to African Americans in that state, what’s your reaction to that, in 2015?” Braude asked.
Baker replied, “I do believe that the reason that flag still hangs there is, you know, what I would call sort of ‘tradition’ or something like that.”
His handlers quickly instructed him that he was an asshole, and wrote him an apology:
“I take my job as governor of 100 percent of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts very seriously, and as I said, I’m sorry if I didn’t do a particularly good job representing that today,” Baker told the Globe on the Thursday evening call arranged hastily by aides.
Today in South Carolina the state and U.S. flags were at half staff.
The Confederate flag in front of the capitol remained at the top of it’s pole.
And across the street from the Massachusetts state house the monument to the 54th Massachusetts still stands.