Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday declared his support for taking down the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds.
Priebus tweeted his statement as the South Carolinian legislature approved a bill to remove the flag, sending it to Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who has called for the flag to be removed and moved following the shooting of nine black parishoners at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston on June 17.
The chairman’s tweet came a few hours after surprise move by several U.S. House Republicans to push back against Democratic amendments to restrict the display of the flag on federal lands.
South Carolina is doing the right thing. I’m glad the flag is coming down.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 9, 2015