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CNN Guest: Removing the Confederate Flag at SC Capitol is ‘Cultural Genocide’ Against Whites

The chairman of a white nationalist group appeared on CNN Monday to blast Governor Nikki Haley’s call to remove the confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol.

Pat Hines, the chairman of white nationalist group League of the South, appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Monday to defend the Confederate flag, saying, “We think it’s a memorial to our ancestors who fought to stop an invasion of South Carolina by the United States.”

“The flag is where it is as a memorial site,” Hines insisted. “The entire site around the flagpole, with the flag is a memorial to, for instance, my ancestors. I had five South Carolina ancestors, then one from North Carolina, who fought in the Civil War.”

He even went on to say he couldn’t understand why the American flag flies over the state capitol in the first place.

He then turned his scorn at fellow panelist State Senator Marlon Kimpson, saying, “What I don’t understand is why the state senator is moving to do cultural genocide on the southern men and women. I don’t get that. Maybe he’s not from the South.”

“That is absurd,” CNN analyst Sunny Hostin countered. “The suggestion somehow that taking down the flag is cultural genocide when that flag represents terror and intimidation of African-Americans in that state is just unbelievable, that you would have the audacity.”

“Well, I’m an audacious kind of guy,” Hines replied.

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