Mitt Romney: Take down the Confederate flag
© Greg Nash
 
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter on Saturday to express his support for removing the Confederate flag that flies at South Carolina’s capitol.
 
“Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol,” he wrote. “To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.”
 
 
President Obama echoed Romney's sentiments later Saturday, linking to his tweet with an approving "Good point, Mitt."
 
 
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Romney joins a growing group of politicians calling for the flag’s removal in the wake of the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., that claimed nine lives on Wednesday.
 
Suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21, allegedly opened fire on congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof allegedly uttered racial epithets before attacking.
 
The White House on Friday said President Obama believes the historic emblem “belongs in a museum.”
 
South Carolina state Rep. Norman “Doug” Brannon (R) said Friday night he plans on introducing a bill to remove the Confederate flag near his state’s capitol building.
 
- Updated at 9:41 p.m.