Larry Wilmore talks of the process for removing the Confederate flag that flies over the South Carolina capitol.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley called Monday for the flag to be removed from its symbolic location in the wake of the massacre of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist.
“Yes! You can applaud,” Wilmore said. “That is the right thing to do – good for you, South Carolina.”
“But seriously, guys — who could have been against this, right?” he continued. “I mean, especially in light of the incident that just happened, and particularly in 2015. Anyone running for president trying to get Republican votes, because this is what they said this week.”
“Man, state’s choice is the classic presidential candidate cop-out, right?” Wilmore said. “‘Hey, when you ask me if I think the sky is blue, I think that’s a question best left up to the states. They should decide. How do I know what you would do with the flag? I’m not a flag scientist. I want to be president of the United States, not president of flags.’”
“I want to know – are you taking it down tomorrow?” he said. “Are you taking it down tonight? Because I can come over with a flashlight.”
“So you want them to come back to debate taking it down, but there’s a chance that they won’t, so you’ll say, ‘Hey, guys – you better come back and talk about this,’” Wilmore said. “South Carolina, it sounds like you’re trying to f*ck me on this.”