The Virginia Flaggers continue to find themselves in one big mess. Oh, they are trying to do what they can to wriggle out of revelations that they have welcomed white supremacist spokesperson Matthew Heimbach into their ranks as a fellow Flagger, but these efforts simply sink them deeper into the quicksand.
Let’s focus on a few points:
Ah, not exactly. First, let’s share some more pictures of Matthew Heimbach secured from a leading Flagger’s photo album:
… and …
Hey, Tripp Lewis! Don’t hide behind that flag!
These pictures, of course, come from a February 25, 2012 rally, contrary to what the release states. Our source is a Flagger. Guess which one.
The release also overlooks the fact that Matthew Heimbach continued chatting away on the Flaggers’ own FB page (most recently in May 2013) with no one expressing any opposition to his views. We posted that information.
Again, another Flagger lie.
The Flaggers’ weak explanation also overlooks what Tripp Lewis himself said about Mr. Heimbach:
That’s not exactly an expression of disassociation, now, is it?
There is absolutely nothing here decrying or disavowing the views of Matthew Heimbach. There is no explanation as to why his contributions are welcomed on their Facebook page. Nothing.
Here’s a screenshot taken today of the Flaggers’ Facebook page members list.
Note who is still a member in good standing … and who added him.
In short, Matthew Heimbach remains a member in good standing of the Virginia Flaggers. They welcome his input and his membership in their Facebook group. Susan Hathaway herself welcomed him into the group.
Yesterday I speculated on how the Flaggers were going to handle what was becoming a public relations disaster. I wondered when Susan Hathaway would openly repudiate her association with Mr. Heimbach. She has not. But never did I expect the Flaggers to lie so brazenly in such a way that was so easy to discredit so quickly.
The Flaggers have had their chance to disassociate themselves from Mr. Heimbach, repudiate his white supremacist views, and decry his misuse of the Confederate flag. They have failed. Ms. Hathaway remains silent, a profile in lack of courage.
Your time has passed.