South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced on June 22 she wants the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol grounds.
Haley's announcement contradicts her statements during a 2014 debate (video below) when she claimed the flag issue had been fixed with her election.
"But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message," Haley stated in November 2014, noted Talking Points Memo.
According to CNN, the Republican governor said today, "Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to move the flag from capitol grounds."
Haley assured South Carolinians they could still fly Confederate flags on private property.
RawStory.com notes that some conservatives slammed Haley's announcement on Twitter:
Nikki Haley is just making sure she gets to be whoever's VP nominee. This isn't profiles in courage #tlot #tcot
@nikkihaley is 1st gen #SouthCarolina who lacks any and all ancestral heritage to the state. #tcot #teaparty #pjnet #ConfederateFlag #gop
@PatDollard @nikkihaley I hope the voters remember this and send her ass packing
Just remember what happened to #RoyBarnes down here in #Georgia when he changed our state flag #Governor Haley #NikkiHaley #ConfederateFlag
If the #ConfederateFlag must come down why not the Gay Rainbow Flag.
South Carolina caved to the #SJW mob. Will said mob move into Georgia and Mississippi to censure the #ConfederateFlag? I doubt it.
If #ConfederateFlag has to be removed for a murderer why the Islamic Society #Mosque Tsarnaev attended in Cambridge, Mass. is still OPEN?!
Several Republicans, some running for president, praised Haley's decision.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted, "I am glad @nikkihaley is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. I support her decision - SKW."
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted: "Proud to stand in SC today with @NikkiHaley & SC leaders to call for removal of the Confederate battle flag."
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another 2016 Republican presidential candidate, tweeted, "Kudos to @nikkihaley and all the SC leaders standing with her for doing the right thing."
Conservative radio host Steve Deace tweeted a different tone, "I wonder what relic of a checkered past need to be removed from Chicago to stop another 1120 people from murdered there this year."