Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Rand Paul Says Confederate Flag Belongs in Museum

The “symbolism needs to end," the Republican presidential candidate says, weighing in on the South Carolina debate.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) prepares to do a live interview with FOX News in the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda on Capitol Hill June 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) prepares to do a live interview with FOX News in the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda on Capitol Hill June 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Updated on

Weighing in on the South Carolina Confederate flag debate for the first time since the shooting of nine African-American church worshippers last week, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that the “symbolism needs to end.”

“I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery,” the Kentucky senator said in an interview with with Boston-based WRKO radio, according to audio posted by BuzzFeed. “Particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody, I think that that symbolism needs to end.”