Mississippi Gov: I Don’t Think McDonnell Made A Mistake Leaving Out Slavery (VIDEO)


Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) took a lot of heat last week for leaving slavery out of a “Confederate History Month” proclamation — and he later apologized.

But Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) thinks all the fuss was unnecessary since everyone already knows slavery was bad.When asked if it was a mistake to leave slavery out of Virginia’s proclamation, Barbour responded “well, I don’t think so.”

“It is not significant,” Barbour said of the controversy that surrounded McDonnell. “It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t amount to diddly.”

Barbour also suggested that McDonnell’s Virginia proclamation wasn’t exactly an outlier. People who thought the proclamation was offensive “should talk to my Democratic legislature, which has done exactly the same thing in Mississippi for years,” Barbour said.



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