A campaign button from Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run featured the confederate flag, according to an eBay auction offering the item for sale. The revelation comes as public sentiment rises against the display of the flag on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol after the racially-motivated church shootings in Charleston. The shooter, Dylann Roof, has been seen in photos displaying the confederate flag, while he is seen burning the American flag in others.
Clinton was quoted in 2007 saying the flag should be removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, but a year later, as she campaigned for President, it seemed to be a different story. A 2008 Clinton campaign button stating “Arkansas Travlers In Support of Hillary Clinton for President – South Carolina 2008” is being offered on eBay for the low price of $199.99 (with free shipping). The auction states the word “Travlers” was shortened from the correct spelling to save space.
While the button does not appear to be official campaign paraphernalia, there is no record of the Clinton campaign condemning the use of the confederate flag. However, there is a long history of the Arkansas Travelers assisting the Clintons. An October 2007 story by CBS News and the Associated Press outlined the connection, as the group hit the road on behalf of Hillary’s presidential campaign:
Longtime friends of the Clintons, the Arkansas Travelers helped introduce their relatively unknown governor in 1992 to the country and toured the nation again on his behalf when he won re-election to the White House in 1996.
The group makes its first trip for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, heading to Iowa to tell voters there she is more than the formal political figure they see on television and read about in the news.
Hillary Clinton has not yet jumped into the current controversy. Now we know why.