Republican South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has just connected presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to the horrific Charleston church massacre that occurred almost a year ago.
According to the Associated Press, Haley said Trump engages in divisive speech, and divisive speech is what led 22-year-old Dylann Roof to fatally shoot nine black people at a church in Charleston. The shooting occurred one day after Trump officially announced his bid for presidency.
She then appeared to backpedal her statements rather than clarifying them, saying, "[Trump supporters have] a different kind of anger. They're upset with Washington, D.C. They're upset nothing's got done."
Then she attacked the Confederate Flag, saying because it was "hijacked by that murderer [Roof]," it should be relegated to a museum.
In speaking of those who still support the flag, Haley said, "I don't think they're bad people. I think they really were focused on heritage and sacrifice, but I think when that murderer kidnapped their flag and held it with hate and killed those people, there was just no other option."
Then she said other Confederate monuments should be left untouched because "history is just that — it's history."
But she said she's still against having the Confederate Flag in public because, "The difference with the flag was it was a flying, living, breathing representative symbol. I don't see that in buildings and street signs."
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