CBS News’ Catherine Herridge spoke with the president Tuesday and pointed out that in 2015, when asked if he thinks the Confederate flag flying above the South Carolina state house needs to go, said, “I think it probably does, and I think they should put it in the museum.”
“Do you still believe that?” Herridge asked. “All I say is freedom of speech,” Trump responded. “It’s very simple. My attitude is freedom of speech. Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me it’s freedom o speech, very simple. Like it, don’t like it, it’s freedom of speech.”
Herridge asked the president if he would be comfortable with his supporters displaying the Confederate flag at political events. “It depends on what your definition is,” the president responded, “but I am comfortable with freedom of speech. It’s very simple.
Trump made these remarks during an interview today:
– More white people are killed by police than Black people
– The Confederate flag is a beloved symbol equal to the BLM movement
– A St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters had a right to do sohttps://t.co/TrdRvLqbrz
— POLITICO (@politico) July 14, 2020
The president also told CBS News that people who “like the Confederate flag” are thinking about NASCAR, not slavery. https://t.co/nS6Zas7REF
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) July 14, 2020
At his Tulsa rally, Trump proposed a one-year prison sentence for anyone who burns a US flag.
But when asked about the *Confederate* flag, suddenly his stance softened, citing “freedom of speech.”
Someone might want to ask this guy why he’s so hellbent on defending traitors. pic.twitter.com/Ad91q3AbMZ
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 14, 2020