CHARLESTON, S.C. — A few protesters gathered in historic Charleston to jokingly welcome Gov. Rick Perry into the race for president — of the Confederacy.
In the state that was the first to secede before the U.S. Civil War and in the city where the first shots of that conflict were fired, protesters dressed in Confederate garb poked fun at Perry's controversial remarks, made two years ago, about the possibility that modern-day Texas could exit the federal union.
Carrying signs that said "Secede NOW!" and "Perry for President," the protesters joked that they had been waiting for more than a century for a secessionist to get into the race.
"As president he can secede the whole country from the union," said one of the protesters, who declined to give his name. The organizer of the protest, Lachlan McIntosh, said he put together the satirical "rally" to highlight the Texas governor's comments on secession and his strong advocacy of states rights.
By Alexander Burns
The Democratic group SC Forward Progress sends word of an event they're holding opposite Rick Perry's announcement today, aimed at mocking the governor for — and defining him with — his infamous comment about secession:
To mark Texas Governor Rick Perry’s announcement for President of the United States, SC Forward Progress will facilitate a rally on his behalf comprised of the last three remaining Confederate citizens who happen to be huge fans of Governor Perry.
For some reason, the three who were born in the 1800’s haven’t aged since the end of the Civil War ... They are excited about Perry’s talk of seceding from the union and his repeated call for states’ rights.
The three, Clyde, Bonnie and Rutledge will rally for Perry at noon on Saturday (August 13) in Marion Square at the fountain (across from the Francis Marion hotel where Perry will make his announcement).
“I haven’t been this excited about a Presidential candidate since Jefferson Davis,” Bonnie said. "Rick Perry gives me hope,” she added.