Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that the Confederate flag is now an obstacle for lasting harmony in South Carolina.

“I see it as a roadblock for South Carolina,” he told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


“My state will never be able to move forward after this shooting, until we take this flag down,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added.

Graham’s remarks follow a mass shooting that claimed nine lives in Charleston, S.C.

Dylann Storm Roof, the alleged gunman, displayed the Confederate flag on his car’s license plate.

Graham refused comment Sunday on whether the emblem represents racial hatred or cultural heritage.

“Put it in a museum and look at it anyway you’d like,” he said. “It’s got to come down.”

Graham praised his constituents for peacefully discussing the controversial symbol without any additional violence.


“This is a case where the people led the politicians,” Graham said of debate over the issue. He initially said displaying the Confederate flag was a decision for his state’s voters.

He has since switched positions following national mourning over the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

South Carolinians are now struggling with how they manage the Confederate flag in the wake of the attack.

Activist Bree Newsome was arrested on Saturday after removing the divisive symbol from a flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse.

Gov. Nikki Haley (R), meanwhile, announced Monday that she supports removing the emblem from the Statehouse’s grounds.

South Carolina law prohibits raising or lowering the Confederate flag without a vote from Palmetto State lawmakers.