Twitter Goes After Bakari Sellers After He Defends Nikki Haley Confederacy Statement

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
CNN commentator Bakari Sellers did not make any friends on Twitter recently when he defended former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s endearing comments about the confederate flag. In this photo, the former South Carolina House lawmaker Bakari Sellers addresses a candidate cookoff crowd on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Orangeburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

CNN commentator Bakari Sellers did not make any friends on Twitter recently when he defended former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s endearing comments about the confederate flag. According to Mediaite, Sellers said Haley misspoke when she said “the Confederate battle flag was seen as a symbol of ‘service, and sacrifice, and heritage’ until it was ‘hijacked’ by racist mass-murdering terrorist Dylann Roof.”

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Sellers anticipated the backlash he would receive when he tweeted “Twitter will hate me for this. I know @NikkiHaley and believe she misspoke. She knows the pain associated with the flag.”

In addition to being an attorney and CNN commentator, Sellers is a former South Carolina legislator who famously cried on television when Roof murdered nine Black parishioners in cold blood at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also a friend of Emanuel’s Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was one of the nine victims.

It’s one of the reasons Twitter went in on him for his defense of Haley. Many users said she was speaking to her base and knew exactly what she was doing.

During her interview, Haley also said, “We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina.” She then blamed the national media for the racist narrative after the shootings, despite Roof being the one who committed a race-based hate crime.

“The national media came in in droves. They wanted to define what happened, make this about racism,” Haley said. Twitter users told Sellers they couldn’t rock with him on that one.