GOP senator: I'd vote to take Confederate flag down

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) called for the Confederate flag to come down in the wake of last week's shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina.

“I see no reason for it to continue, I would certainly vote against flying the flag and my sense is that's what they are going to do,” Corker said Monday on MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe.’ ”


The debate over whether the Confederate flag should still fly on South Carolina’s capitol grounds has been revived by last week’s violence. The alleged shooter reportedly wrote that he wanted to start a race war, and pictures of him holding a Confederate flag have surfaced.

Corker said the issue of whether to fly the flag is up to South Carolina but said he would vote to take it down if he was in the state.

“It serves no purpose anymore, especially after what has occurred,” said Corker, who noted he was born in South Carolina and lived there for the first 11 years of his life.

“I love South Carolina, but I think in light of what's happened, there's no question in my perspective over what ought to happen,” he said.

The Confederate flag no longer flies on top of South Carolina’s Statehouse but on a Confederate memorial on the Capitol grounds.

Palmetto State politicians have been hesitant to take a position on the issue, with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R) and Tim Scott (R) calling for a debate on whether to take down the flag.

Former 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney reiterated his call for the flag to come down in a tweet last weekend.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) noted in a statement on Facebook that he supported efforts to move the flag “from the state grounds to a museum where it belongs.” Other candidates have said the issue should be left to the state.