On Sunday Sen.Lindsey Graham, the republican Presedential candidate said he perceives the flag as a “roadblock” for his home state of South Carolina, joining others who demanded removal of the grounds of the State capitol.
“I see it as a roadblock for South Carolina. Put it in a museum. You can look at it any way you would like. But after this shooting, and after the call for it to be taken down by the families of the victims, I see it as a roadblock to the future of my state,” Reported Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I love my state,” he claimed. “We’ve come a long way. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s got to come down, and I see it being a museum and you can look at it any way you want.”
The senator, who is now looking up to the Republican presidential nomination, claimed on his state’s vast history with the flag and the 2000 agreement that carried it from atop the state Capitol dome situated in Columbia to a memorial on the same grounds.
Later after 15 years, when a white man martyred nine black parishioners during the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Graham claimed, the state must move on.“If you’d asked me the day before the attack in this killing I would say the compromise worked for South Carolina,” Graham told Todd. “I’m not going to throw my state under the bus. That’s never gonna happen. This compromise was 15 years old.”
South Carolina “will never be able to move forward if we don’t take the flag down,” he wrapped up.
“The people at the AME Church, the families of the victims changed everything by their grace, by their love, by their forgiveness, making it impossible for a guy like me to say, ‘Keep the flag up,’” Graham elucidated.
The senator admired Obama’s acclamation and singing of “Amazing Grace” at Friday’s service for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
“When he started talking about God’s grace and embracing the Democratic agenda across the board, he sort of lost me there. But I thought he did an incredible job speaking about Rev. Pinckney,” Graham added.
“I think he did a good job of explaining our history. Then, it got a bit political. But I’m glad he came, and I know it meant a lot to the people in South Carolina for the president to come.”
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