S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans vow to keep flag
CHARLESTON, SC - The South Carolina division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans vows to fight lawmakers who want to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.
But commander Leland Summers said Thursday they don't want to talk about their plans yet out of respect for the families of the people killed in last week's church shooting. Summers was joined by about 30 other members of the group in the shadow of the rebel banner.
Summers emphasized his group had nothing to do with Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman. He called him a "wicked nutcase" and said Roof may be "getting the race war he desired" with the sudden push to get rid of Confederate flags and monuments across the country. "We played right into his malicious hands," Summers said.
He also read the name of all nine victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and said his group is hurting with them.