As expected, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
reversed course and called for
the legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol:
My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move forward as a state in harmony and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven.
Haley said she would force the General Assembly back into session if necessary. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
, who previously said that the flag was part of "who we are," is backing Haley's call to remove the flag.
Meanwhile, profiles in courage: GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker
is now joining Haley in calling for the flag to come down. Walker previously said that it was a "state issue." Be interesting to see whether Mike Huckabee
, Ted Cruz
, and Marco Rubio
— other Republican presidential candidates who dodged the issue — will follow suit.
Not everyone is happy. South Carolina Rep. Lee Bright
, a Republican from Spartanburg County, said the effort to remove the Confederate flag was akin to a "Stalinist Purge."