U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell joins bipartisan chorus of voices calling for "move beyond" Confederate flag

06/22/2015 04:55 PM

Joining voices on both sides of the aisle, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said “it’s time to move beyond” the Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol.

In a statement sent to the media Monday afternoon, McConnell said the “Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many.”

The symbolic “reminder of racial oppression” dating back to the Civil War is the subject of renewed public scrutiny after the slaughter of nine African-Americans during Bible study days ago in Charleston, S.C., suggesting to McConnell “that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed.”

“There should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that as a people we’re united in our determination to put that part of our history behind us,” he said.

McConnell’s statement echoes others from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in seeking the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse.


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