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February 9, 2016

Mark Sanford Does Not Remember the Alamo #SC01

Usually, it’s Texans who are notorious for invoking the Alamo amid tough circumstances.

But this weekend, former Gov. Mark Sanford referenced the epic battle in a full-page newspaper advertisement in the Sunday edition of Charleston’s The Post and Courier.

Sanford, the GOP’s nominee in South Carolina’s 1st District special election, is going through some trying times.

Last week, The Associated Press reported that his former wife had accused him of trespassing on her property. In the next two days, national Republicans abandoned his campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee bought air time for a hard-hitting television advertisement against him.

He’s now the underdog in the heavily GOP district against the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

So Sanford is invoking the Alamo in his struggle to return to Congress:

“In March of 1863, there was similarly little time. A South Carolinian by the name of William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword and simply asked those who would stay and fight, to cross it. His efforts, and that of those who died with him there at the Alamo, ultimately inspired Texans to come to the aid of their brethren and defeat Santa Anna’s army though they were outnumbered at the onset by six to one. I’m outnumbered right now, but will fight to the end toward freedom and financial sanity in Washington so important to sustaining it. I’d ask you to cross the like and fight with me.”

There’s a problem with this anecdote: the Alamo fell on March 6, 1836.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution caught the error earlier Monday. Gleeful Democrats circulated photos of the ad on Monday.

Then again, Sanford’s historical error might be the least of his problems. A Washington, D.C., fundraiser for Sanford with the Republican members of the South Carolina delegation was canceled last week, according to The Daily Caller.

Disclosure: The author of this post is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of a Texas revolutionary who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and helped capture Santa Anna.

  • Hellboy

    When I cheat on my wife with a beautiful Argentinean reporter, I think to hide Alamo rental car receipts

  • GNH

    Not that it rises to the level of Sanford’s gaff, but did the ad really read; “I’d ask you to cross the like [sic] and fight with me”?

  • Buddy Garcia

    Also, William B. Travis died at the Alamo. Defending the Alamo was widely viewed as a futile effort and then Texas President Sam Houston did not come to his aid, they regrouped and defeated Santa Anna on April 21,1836 about 150 miles away from the Alamo in about a 20 minute skirmish (San Jacinto), & the Texians were all drunk. Viva la Independencia!

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