UPDATED: SC Gov. Nikki Haley Calls To Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse Grounds, POTUS Follows Mitt Romney’s Lead

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UPDATE: Monday, June 22, 2015 4:00 PM EST

In an afternoon news conference, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley suggested the Confederate Flag be removed the Statehouse grounds.

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UPDATE: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:45 PM EST

Sources tell the Post and Courier that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will address the removal of the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse grounds at a 4 p.m. news conference.

Early Monday, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott also joined a handful of politicians calling that the symbol of racial segregation be removed to honor the victims of the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston.

This is a developing story.

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Even though they’re on different sides of the aisle, President Barack Obama and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney both agree that it’s time to take down the Confederate flag.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the domestic terrorist who opened fire inside of historic “Mother” Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was heavily influenced by the Confederacy and had dreams of starting a new Civil War because of his hatred for Black Americans.

Mitt Romney has broken with his “states rights” brethren and joined the calls of those saying that the Confederate flag should not fly from the State Building in South Carolina.

See the exchange below:


Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discuss GOP Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum dodge the Confederate flag issue in the video clip below.

Be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.


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