South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, along with SC’s Republican Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, stood with Democrat Jim Clyburn, against the confederate flag flying at the South Carolina statehouse.
The momentum swing against confederate flag comes after the murder of nine African Americans were murdered by Dylann Roof at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, last Wednesday. The big swing against the flag also comes after a weekend of photos of the murderer burning the American flag and showcasing the confederate flag.
Those photos hit the news soon after former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday saying, “take down the
#ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims,” Romney’s tweet read.
“It is time to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds,” said Governor Haley.
Shortly after Haley’s press conference, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a statement saying, that the confederate flag is “a painful reminder of racial oppression to many” and “the time for a state to fly it has long since passed.” The South Carolina confederate flag on the statehouse grounds was raised in 1961 during massive resistance against the civil rights movement and, more specifically, school integration.
A statement by RNC Chairman against the confederate flag in part read, “Now is the time to do what is right, and I support the call by Governor Haley and South Carolina leaders to remove the Confederate battle flag from state house grounds.”
“This flag has become too divisive and too hurtful for too many of our fellow Americans. While some say it represents different things to different people, there is no denying that it also represents serious divisions that must be mended in our society. For South Carolina, taking down this Confederate flag is a step in mending those divisions. Our future must be better than our past. We are not meant to be a country divided by racial tensions; we are meant to be a country that stands united.”