There is growing support from the public and politicians to ban the display of the Confederate flag at state capitols in the wake of last week’s mass hate crime shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The alleged gunman, Dylan Roof, was seen posing in personal pictures waving the Confederate flag. The topic has been trending on Twitter under the hashtags #ConfederateFlag and #TakeItDown.
The people have spoken. The #Confederateflag is for smelly racist dickholes.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 20, 2015
— Adam Ware (@WareinLA) June 20, 2015
If the #ConfederateFlag is part of your heritage, then you're not an American or a patriot, you're a traitor to our country.
— Scott Karasick™ (@GuileOfTheGods) June 22, 2015
— Jorge (@hora_del_cafe) June 19, 2015
— Imperator Letha (@Letha_Hughes) June 19, 2015
Ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter, calling for the flag to be taken down in South Carolina.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 20, 2015
President Barack Obama agreed with the former Massachusetts governor.
Good point, Mitt. https://t.co/Ryusfp8Xbh
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 21, 2015
In a press conference Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag from the capitol.
“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said.
— Charles C. Weathers (@charlesweathers) June 22, 2015