If you’re someone who still defends the Confederate flag, Meghan McCain says you might regret it one day.
McCain spoke out on “The View” after former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley stirred up controversy with comments she made to conservative host Glenn Beck where she appeared to defend the controversial symbol.
Haley said that after mass shooter Dylann Roof posed with the flag, he “hijacked everything people thought of.” She added, “People saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage. Once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”
She then clarified her comments in a Washington Post op-ed, pointing out that she pushed to have the flag removed from South Carolina state buildings after the 2015 shooting, saying “Everyone knows the flag has always been a symbol of slavery, discrimination and hate for many people. But not everyone sees the flag that way.”
McCain revealed that her father, the late Sen. John McCain, felt “haunted” by his defense of the flag even after he publicly reversed his opinion.
“This plagued him up until the day he died,” said McCain. “He had two big life regrets and this was one of them. It haunted him. This will haunt her. It will. Trust me,” she added.
McCain continued, “I don’t understand why we’re still talking about it. I don’t understand why we’re still debating the Confederate flag — it’s a symbol of racism.”
“You know why?” asked co-host Joy Behar. “Because we don’t have John McCain or a ‘John McCain’ anymore. There’s nobody in the Republican leadership like him. Not one.”