COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) –
Gov. Nikki Haley is throwing her support behind removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds following a racially charged shooting in Charleston that killed nine African-Americans during a Bible study last week.
“It’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Haley said Monday afternoon in front of a room full of state leaders who applauded her when she made the announcement.
The governor said she would use her authority to call lawmakers back to Columbia if they do not take up debate during this session.
Haley becomes the highest-profile state leader to call for the flag’s removal after the shooting.
The governor made the announcement during a 4 p.m. news conference after sources indicated she was working with state leaders to formulate a plan to remove the flag.
Thousands appeared outside the State House on Saturday night to protest and call for the flag’s removal. State leaders, celebrities, and others of note have also gotten behind the movement to remove the flag.
The flag’s current spot on the State House grounds came in 2000 following a legislative compromise that removed the flag from the State House dome to the Confederate Memorial in front of Gervais Street.
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