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Hillary Clinton Wants Businesses To Stop Selling Confederate Flags

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn’t just want the Confederate flag removed from public property. She wants to see private businesses take it off the shelves too.

Speaking to a black church in Missouri on Tuesday, Clinton praised Wal-Mart, Amazon, eBay, Sears and other businesses for announcing they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise.

“I urge all sellers to do the very same,” she said.

Clinton referenced Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag, embraced by the shooter in the Charleston shooting spree.

“It shouldn’t fly there,” Clinton said. “It shouldn’t fly anywhere.”

In her remarks, she referred to the battle flag as a “symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future.”

The Clintons have a complicated history with Confederate flags, though: while governor of Arkansas in 1987, Bill Clinton signed a law dedicating one of the stars in the state flag to the Confederate States of America.

Clinton made her comments Tuesday during a campaign event at a church in Florissant, Missouri. The event was billed by the campaign as a conversation about the “massacre in Charleston and broader issues around strengthening communities.”

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