The following passage about the April 15 rally at the State House is from the University of South Carolina student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock:
A few of the legislators came outside and gathered near the top of the State House to watch the proceedings unfold, laughing at some of the more creative signs brought by the group.
“It’s interesting to see the number of Confederate flags or semi-Confederate flags,” said Rep. Todd Rutherford, a Democrat from Columbia.
Rutherford said he thought the crowd would be much larger.
“I don’t see it all making a difference inside,” he said pointing to the doors of the State House. “These rallies are kind of routine for us.”
In short order, Rep. Rutherford implied the crowd was racist (or semi-racist), insignificant and with a message of no consequence.
It would be convenient to write this off as just another dismissal by Democrats. And, though Rep. Rutherford likely gets his instructions from the White House mothership, in South Carolina his attitude is that of most of the General Assembly. Well, except maybe for the racist part, ’cause there are more than a few of them in the legislature.
So, for all who attended or supported the rally or for those who agree with the message it was trying to send, according to Rep. Todd Rutherford, the doors to the State House are not only closed, they’re sound proof.