Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Warner Bros. on Wednesday said that the company would no longer license models of "General Lee," the red Dodge Charger painted with a Confederate flag featured in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof–as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," the company said in a statement to Yahoo News on Tuesday.

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South Carolina state Rep. William Chumley (R) on Wednesday apologized for comments he made suggesting that the victims in the Charleston shooting may have been able to do more to defend themselves.

"These people sat in there, and waited their turn to be shot," Chumley told CNN in a Tuesday interview. "That’s sad. But somebody in there with the means of self defense could have stopped this. And we’d have had less funerals than we’re having."

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The German car manufacturer BMW, which has a large plant in South Carolina, on Tuesday called for the state to remove the Confederate flag from the its capitol grounds.

"BMW applauds the courage of Governor Haley and supports her leadership in calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse," the company said in a statement to TPM.

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A South Carolina state representative, who has come out against removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, suggested on Tuesday that the nine people shot in Charleston could have tried to do more to defend themselves.

"We're focusing on the wrong thing here," State Rep. William Chumley told CNN after explaining that his constituents have told him that the flag should not come down.

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While explaining his newfound support of removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) also expressed his frustration that the debate turned to the Confederate flag so quickly following the deadly shooting at a Charleston church.

Mulvaney said in a statement on Facebook that he was hesitant to support the removal of the flag given how quickly the debate took place.

He also said he had always viewed the compromise in 2000 that moved the Confederate flag from the capitol dome to the grounds "a high point in South Carolina politics: a time when people got together and worked through their differences in a way that all could accept with pride."

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Conservative author Ann Coulter claimed on Tuesday that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has a poor grasp on American history as "an immigrant," even though Haley was born in the U.S.

During an appearance with Kennedy on Fox Business Network, Coulter said that the deadly shooting at a history black church in Charleston "had nothing to do with the Confederate flag." And she lamented that that Americans do not understand the history of the Confederate flag.

She then said that many media outlets, such as MSNBC, got the flag's history in South Carolina wrong, noting that the flag first went up at the capitol in 1962 under a Democratic governor and legislature to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Former Rep. Ben Jones (D-GA), known for his role as "Cooter" in the "Dukes of Hazzard," a television series that aired from 1979 to 1985 and featured the Confederate flag prominently, made an appearance on CNN Tuesday. The segment on the renewed debate over the Confederate flag quickly descended into a shouting match.

After playing the show's "Good Ol' Boys" theme song, CNN "Legal View" host Ashleigh Banfield asked Jones, who is also the chairman of the Sons of Confederate Veterans heritage operations, if the song has now "taken on different meaning."

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NASCAR on Tuesday expressed support for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) call for the state to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds.

"As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life last week in Charleston, we join our nation’s embrace of those impacted. NASCAR supports the position that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took on the Confederate Flag on Monday," the NASCAR statement reads. "As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at our races, NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events."

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