Report: SC Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to Call for Removal of Confederate Flag

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gives a speech announcing his candidacy for the presidency during an outdoor event June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C.
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South Carolina's Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to add his voice to the growing number of lawmakers demanding that the Confederate flag be removed from state grounds, CNN reports

Graham, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is expected to appear alongside Gov. Nikki Haley late Monday afternoon to make his announcement calling for the flag's removal. He will reportedly advocate for its placement in a museum instead. According to the report, Graham has been quietly working over the past few days to convince fellow elected South Carolina representatives to call for the flag's removal.


The flag's legacy has once again been brought to the forefront nationally since South Carolina native Dylann Storm Roof opened fire at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last Wednesday, killing nine people, including the church's pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Several photos of Roof holding up a Confederate flag have been circulating in the media. In an online manifesto attributed to the accused mass murderer, he references a white supremacist group and expresses several white supremacist beliefs. 

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