The California Assembly on Monday passed legislation that would ban the state from selling or displaying the Confederate flag, or any similar image, with Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly casting the sole vote in opposition.
Donnelly, of Twin Peaks near Lake Arrowhead, said the bill violated the 1st Amendment and “would silence free speech.’’
“We shouldn’t be here picking the kind of speech that we like. I abhor racism but the concept that in a country that was founded on the right of free speech … that we are going to ban certain types of speech is antithetical to the 1st Amendment,” Donnelly said on the floor of the Assembly.
“I am not standing here defending the symbol,’’ he said. “I am standing here defending the principle that the 1st Amendment should apply in all state buildings, of all places,’’
The legislation passed 72 to 1 and now heads to the state Senate for consideration.
Tim Donnelly is a month away from Primary Day and he attempts to earn media by supporting the confederate flag in the name of liberty? #facepalm
If Tim could not support this bill – he should have gone to the bathroom and skipped the vote.
When you add this to the hysteria being promoted by some of his supporters accusing Neel Kashkari (a Hindu) of supporting Sharia Law, and the bombastic statements about the borders included:
“I am a descendant of Jim Bowie, who died at the Alamo,” Donnelly, then a leader in the Minuteman border-patrol group, said at a rally in Temecula that year. “It is rumored that he took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their deaths before they finally killed him. How many of you will rise up and take his place on that wall?”
This looks really, really bad on the state stage.
“There is a growing insurgency, right here in Los Angeles,” he said. “…We need to begin to root out the insurgency in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, just as we are doing in Baghdad, Samarra and Tikrit, 9,000 miles away.
And 8 years later, Tim Donnelly votes in favor of the confederate flag.
Jerry Brown has $15 million to spend. I wonder what he would do with some of that money were Donnelly to be the nominee for the GOP?
I support Neel Kashkari because I care about the future of the GOP and what kind of message we will be sending to the soon to be majority of California’s population.