Over in Virginia Whine Country there’s trouble east of the Shenandoah Valley as well … and it’s not unexpected. After all, it’s been a contentious election year, and the nastiness of the campaign is reflected in the rather coarse contempt people display for each other on social media.
A case in point: a recent Facebook exchange between Virginia Flagger headliners Tripp Lewis and Karen Cooper. Lewis seeks attention far more than does Cooper, although Cooper’s not adverse to sharing her views with the media. We have no record of Cooper being arrested for Flagger-related activities: this is not the case with Lewis. Nor do we have any record that Cooper has been a part of any Flagger activities that have backfired: this is not the case with Lewis. Finally, we have no record of Cooper celebrating white nationalists as “good guys”: this is not the case with Lewis. But, as the following exchange suggests, those are not the only differences …
Things got so bad that Cooper blocked Lewis. She explained that she didn’t disrespect people and that she would not let people disrespect her.
It was only a matter of time before certain Virginia Flaggers showed their true colors when it came to Karen Cooper. Note that Lewis now denounces her as an outsider who’s “handled” by Muslims.
It will; be interesting to see how Susan Hathaway and Connie Chastain sputter about this. After all, Chastain and Hathaway are always ranting about outsiders; Chastain’s made it very clear how she feels about Muslims; both, like Lewis, are supporters of Donald J. Trump’s candidacy … as is that “good guy,” Matthew Heimbach, whom Lewis has praised.
And so the Rainbow has cracked, and the pot of gold is shown to be fool’s gold. We could have told you that this was how it was going to turn out, Karen Cooper, but we doubt you would have listened. Just remember: being a defender of Confederate heritage and associating with people who deep inside reject you was your choice.
Remember when y’all marched together? Lewis, Heimbach, Cooper, Hathaway …
Why, Chastain even designed a book jacket to celebrate it … Lewis and Heimbach up front, Cooper right behind Heimbach …)
(Connie Chastain didn’t know how to spell “foreword.”)
Note: we expect Susan Hathaway’s too skeered to comment on this, although we await her next declaration that she never reads what critics of the Virginia Flaggers say, complete with details of material she says she hasn’t read.