In the wake of the white supremacy inspired murders in Charleston, South Carolina, last week and last week's 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the First Amendment does not prevent states from banning the Confederate flag from license plates, Governor McAuliffe has ordered that the Confederate battle flag be removes from Virginia license plates. It goes without saying that the move will cause shrieks from the white supremacist base of the Virginia GOP. Of course, if the Virginia GOP opposes the move by McAuliffe, it will be a wonderful reminder to voters in the lead up to November's state election of who the Virginia GOP really represents. Here are highlights from CBS News:
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has ordered the Confederate flag removed from Virginia state license plates. The flag is displayed on a specialty plate designed for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The governor’s announcement came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state of Texas was allowed to reject a license plate design that featured a Confederate battle flag and the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds following last week’s fatal shootings at am African-American church in Charleston.
McAuliffe said he has asked the Attorney General’s office to “take steps to reverse the prior Court ruling that requires the Confederate flag be placed on state license plates.” He also told the Secretary of Transportation to “develop a plan for replacing the currently-issued plates as quickly as possible.”"As [South Carolina] Governor Haley said yesterday, her state can ill afford to let this symbol continue to divide the people of South Carolina. I believe the same is true here in Virginia. Although the battle flag is not flown here on Capitol Square, it has been the subject of considerable controversy, and it divides many of our people,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people. As you all know, I have spent the past 17 months working to build a new Virginia economy that is more open and welcoming to everyone. Removing this symbol from our state-issued license plates will be another step toward realizing that goal.”