Later today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a press conference to reportedly call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol in the wake of the racist shooting at a Charleston church last week.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that while this issue should be left up to the people of South Carolina, he supports removing the flag because flying “the Confederate flag makes no sense to me whatsoever.”
“It’s a flag of another country,” Beck said. “Why are you flying that? Are you proud that you were another country at some point?”
On top of that, he added, it is a symbol of slavery, saying that if you look at the constitution of the Confederacy, “there’s no ifs, and, or buts” that slavery was the central issue of the Civil War.
“It was not about state’s rights because you didn’t have a right as a state in the Confederacy to go against slavery,” he said. “So there’s no state’s rights there. That’s not about state’s rights.”
“This is a legacy of rebellion against the United States that had everything to do with slavery,” he continued. “It wasn’t about state’s rights, it was about slavery. And that was a [rebellion] that was put down; we have healed since then and it was only brought back as a symbol against the civil rights movement. It’s a thing of the past.”