South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley did a very abrupt about-face on the question of flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol. After years of supporting it, now she is calling on the state legislature to pass a law forbidding it and says she’ll call them into special session if they don’t.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on lawmakers to take down the Confederate battle flag in the state capitol, a week after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic church.
The flag at the State House grounds in Columbia became a fresh focus of criticism in recent days after the Charleston church massacre, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated terrorism by accused gunman Dylann Roof, 21.
“It’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Haley, a Republican, told reporters. The flag was a symbol of the pro-slavery South during the U.S. Civil War. “This is a moment in which we can say that the flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.”
How politically convenient for her. Her previous position was that the flag should stay up because she had talked to many CEOs around the state and none of them mentioned wanting it taken down. Now she’s apparently discovered that it isn’t only the opinions of CEOs that matter.