Gov. Haley: Time to move Confederate flag

Columbia, SC (AP) – Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has said that it’s time to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds – and that if South Carolina legislators don’t deal with the issue themselves as part of their special session focused on budget in the coming weeks, she’s prepared to call them back for another special session.

Haley said Monday at a news conference that she’s indicated her plan to the GOP-led House and Senate.

According to the terms of a 15-year-old deal that brought the flag from atop the Statehouse to a position outside to a monument for Confederate soldiers, moving the banner will require a two-thirds supermajority in both houses.

Haley reversed her position on the flag after a young white man who embraced it as a symbol of white supremacy was charged with murder in the deaths of nine black church members in Charleston.

Those surrounding her as she spoke included state legislators of both parties.

***See her speech in the video below.***


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