A South Carolina stadium where a Confederate flag was raised was temporarily banned Thursday after a public outcry.
A vote to ban the flag was scheduled to take place Wednesday night, but after an outcry from people who said the flag symbolizes racism, the decision was postponed until Friday.
The move comes after President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday to remove the flag from all state-owned buildings.
“I think it’s important that we keep the Confederate flag on our state and that’s what I am doing,” South Carolina Gov.
Henry McMaster said at a news conference.
“I am removing it from our state.
I’m removing it.
And it’s a shame that we’ve had to do that, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
A Confederate flag hangs in front of the statehouse in Columbia, S.C. in August.
(John Minchillo/AP)On Thursday, Trump said the decision came after a meeting with McMaster, who said he had been told the flag would be removed and that the state would have to spend $30,000 to cover the costs of removing it and its symbols.
“If you look at the history of the Confederate States, they used to get rid of the flag and they were very proud of it,” McMaster said.
“The flag’s a symbol of hatred and division and they’re getting rid of it.”
McMaster said the move was the latest example of the administration’s failure to recognize the historical and political context of the Southern state.
“We have to do a better job of understanding the context of this issue,” he said.
The South Carolina legislature was in session at the time of the vote and will reconvene next week.