AG Lynch: 'Hate crimes are the original domestic terrorism'
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday that hate crimes were the first terrorism in America.

“Make no mistake,” Lynch said in Birmingham, Ala., according to USA Today. “Hate crimes are the original domestic terrorism.”


Lynch’s remarks follow last week’s mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Dylann Storm Roof, the white alleged gunman, is accused of shooting and killing nine congregants in the African-American congregation over their race. Roof had the Confederate flag on his license plate and photos emerged of him wearing segregationist imagery.

Earlier Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) had the flag removed from the capitol grounds in Montgomery.

Lynch criticized state governments on Wednesday for continuing to display the Confederate flag at their capitols after the attack.

“If people want to commemorate that part of their histories, then museums are wonderful places to do that,” Lynch said of the historic symbol.

Lynch’s comments came while visiting Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church, USA Today said, where four black girls died in a bombing 52 years ago, bringing new energy to the civil rights movement.

“It doesn’t take a lot of time to absorb the meaning of what happened on that fall day,” Lynch said.