Amid widespread calls to take down the Confederate flag that flies outside the South Carolina statehouse, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning that he does not think presidential candidates should talk about it.
“I still think it’s not an issue for a person running for president,” Huckabee said. “Everyone’s being baited with this question as if somehow that has anything to do whatsoever with running for president.”
The flag has come to attention recently, after a white gunman shot and killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, last week. Pictures posted online show the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, posing with a gun and a Confederate flag. The flag is widely considered a symbol of racism.
“I don’t think [the American people] want us to weigh in on every little issue in all 50 states that might be an important issue to the people of that state but not on the desk of the president,” Huckabee said.
On Saturday evening, hundreds of people reportedly gathered outside the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, to rally for the flag’s removal.
Thousands turn out in the South Carolina capital, Columbia, to demand the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds. Paul Chapman reports.