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Republicans Worry GOP is Caving in to Political Correctness

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By    |   Saturday, 23 Apr 2016 10:00 AM

From controversies over Mississippi's state flag to Andrew Jackson's boot from the face of the $20 bill, some conservative Republicans say the GOP is caving in to political correctness.

"Political correctness has crept into the Capitol," David Bozell, president of conservative advocacy group ForAmerica, tells The Hill.

Conservative GOP strategist Brian Darling points to a case in point with the House decision to take down all state flags in the U.S. Capitol — Mississippi's is emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag — to display coins from all 50 states.

"The House making the decision to take down all the flags so the Mississippi flag is not in the Capitol is a sign of political correctness," Darling tells The Hill. "Until the people of Mississippi decide they want to change it, Congress should fly the state flag."

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has made anti-PC a cornerstone of his campaign, but got dinged by rival Sen. Ted Cruz for supporting North Carolina's controversial "bathroom law."

The Texas senator's campaign even aired a TV ad Friday accusing Trump of joining "the ranks of the PC police."

Bozell contends if the GOP can't fight back on those issues, they've lost their hold on governance.

"If you can't say that guys should be going to the bathroom in men's rooms and women should have the privacy they're entitled to, if you can't make that case as a leader of the Republican Party, no wonder you can't get a budget through," Bozell has said, The Hill reports.

Corporations also are fueling the issue, backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision last year to move the confederate flag off state capitol grounds after the killings of nine black church-goers in Charleston — and putting pressure on North Carolina over its new laws.

And ESPN fired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after he shared a Facebook post mocking the bathroom law issue.

Alabama's GOP Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, who are opposed to removing Jackson from the $20 bill, worry some changes put the nation's heritage at risk, The Hill reports.
 
"They didn't do it by legislation. It's a problem with a lot of people. Jackson was a strong president, someone who went down in history," Shelby tells The Hill. "I think Congress should be making those kind of decisions."

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From controversies over Mississippi's state flag to Andrew Jackson's boot from the face of the $20 bill, some conservative Republicans say the GOP is caving in to political correctness.
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