Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday defended the Confederate flag that’s still flying high outside of the State Capitol, despite arguments that the flag is stoking racial hatred in the community rocked by the killing of nine people by a white man at a black Charleston church.
Mr. Graham said “it would be fine” if the people of South Carolina chose to revisit the Confederate flag, but argued that the symbol represents a “part of who we are.”
“The flag represents to some people, a Civil War, and that was the symbol of one side. To others it is a racist symbol, and it has been used in a racist way. But the problems we have today in South Carolina and across the world are not because of a movie or because of symbols, it is because of what is in peoples’ hearts,” he told CNN reporter Alisyn Camerota.