Rand Paul: Confederate Flag A ‘Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery’

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks to a group of business leaders, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday said that the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

“I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody, I think that that symbolism needs to end, and I think South Carolina is doing the right thing,” he told host Jeff Kuhner on WKRO radio, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), along with other Republican and Democratic lawmakers, on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the capitol.

Paul said on Tuesday that it is “decision for South Carolina to make” but that he would vote to take down the flag.

“There have been people who have used it for southern pride and heritage and all of that, but really to I think to every African American in the country, it’s a symbolism of slavery to them, and now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man, and so I think it’s time to put it in a museum,” he said.

Since the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., officials and 2016 presidential candidates have weighed in on whether it’s appropriate for South Carolina to fly the Confederate flag.

Mitt Romney called for the state to take down the flag, and since Haley’s decision, numerous Republican 2016 candidates commended her decision, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

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  1. “Human Bondage and Slavery Avenger” doesn’t sound quite as nice as “Southern Avenger.”

  2. Since Rand Paul’s father is notorious for his racist views, this is likely to cause a family rift.

  3. It’s funny to watch these folks falling over themselves to disavow their neo-Confederate fellow travelers. Don’t alienate your base, Rand–it isn’t good politics.

  4. Not just a family rift, this is going to cause a rift among his supporters. And reflects just how desperate lil Paul is getting. He is gambling that by coming out against the confederate flag, that the number of racists that support him will be smaller than the number of young kids he can woo to vote for him. He only does that calculus because he knows he is way behind in the polls and not moving up. And his lack of funding by a big billionaire undoubtedly plays into it, too.

  5. “I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery; you know, the Good Ol’ Days.”

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