EXCLUSIVE: South Carolina Neo-Confederates Pressure Citizens, Legislators Over Rebel Flag With Robocalls (VIDEO/IMAGES)

Conservative Confederate sympathizers launched a telemarketing campaign in South Carolina on July 3, asking citizens to pressure their state legislators to vote against removal of the rebel flag from State House grounds.

Such a vote is expected to take place in the second week of July, and in response to the recent, obviously racist, massacre of nine African-Americans at a Charleston church on June 17. After media revealed photos of admitted slayer Dylann Roof holding the rebel flag, Gov. Nikki Haley responded to public cries for removal of the flag from State House grounds, where it’s flown since 1961, requesting state legislature vote on the issue in a current special session.

Early polls of legislators showing a possibility for that removal didn’t sit too well with a group calling itself “Conservative Response Team,” though. As a result, this group arranged a telemarketing campaign to warn South Carolinians that “leftist fanatics want to destroy the south we love.”

The message, which can be heard in the video below, continues:

Just like ISIS, Obama’s haters want our monuments down, graves dug up, and our schools, roads, towns, and counties renamed. They’ve even taken ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ off TV. What’s next? This attack on our values is sick and un-American and has to stop right here, right now in South Carolina. Two-thirds of both Houses are needed to take the flag down and they’re struggling for the votes.

This telemarketing campaign was geographically targeted, mentioning specific legislators in different parts of the state. The group later said on its Facebook page that it made 40,000 phone calls.

It also intends to begin radio ads next week, targeting 25 legislators, unless they make “a public and unequivocal statement” no later than July 6 about maintaining the Confederate flag on the grounds, the group announced on July 3. It also says it launched radio ads in the Pee Dee region of the state.

The “Conservative Response Team” launched a Facebook page and Twitter account on the same July 3 date. Its self-description reads:

The Conservative Response Team is a 501(c)4 ready to fight back anywhere, anytime against leftist kooks who want to attack our values and destroy America.

When contacted, an unidentified operator of the group’s Facebook page only offered If You Only News the following comment:

We are out to take our country back from the snob liberals who hate America, free enterprise, people of faith and our nation’s history and heritage. We are followers of Saul Alinsky. We have no mercy on our enemies. We aim to win because defeat is not an option anymore.

When asked for more insight, including confirmation of the group’s 501(c)4 status, contact names, and more detail on its claimed Alinsky influence, response was refused.

The Facebook page is regularly updated with comments and images, such as these:

crt imagesAccording to a direct poll of legislators by the Post & Courier, the two-thirds majority vote required to remove the Confederate flag from state legislature grounds is currently present in both houses, but only by slim margin. Of state senators, 34 said they would vote to remove the flag, three more than the 31 needed. State House members stating support total 83 – just one more than the two-thirds required.

Should only two House representatives fall to pressure from this robodial campaign, efforts to remove the Confederate flag from state house grounds could fail.

According to state Rep. Patsy Knight (D-St. George), the vote will come to the floor sometime next week, but only after other scheduled votes are completed.

The South Carolina NAACP is planning a rally regarding the flag’s presence at the state capitol for July 4, and on the same State House grounds where it continues to fly.

Featured image acquired from Facebook

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