The Alabama congressman accused those suggesting that the shooting might not have occurred if the Confederate flag wasn't flying over the state capitol campus of having a political agenda that distracted from the tragedy.
The shooting was allegedly conducted at the hands of Dylan Roof, a white 21-year-old South Carolina resident whose purported website contained a number of racist statements. He also allegedly told police that he gunned down the nine victims because he wanted to spark a race war.
South Carolina's governor and both U.S. senators, all Republicans, called for the flag to be taken down from a Civil War memorial on the state capitol campus. Palmer said the pressure to take the flag down is coming from people using the shooting to advance their political agenda. Palmer was speaking about the suggestion that the mass shooting may have been prevented if the Confederate flag wasn't flying at the South Carolina capitol campus.
"It's people who have an agenda seeking to exploit a tragedy," the freshman congressman told the Matt Murphy Show on Monday morning. "That, to me, that's beyond contempt that here you have this church that's suffered an unspeakable tragedy by a person who has hate to a degree that he's insane and then they try to exploit this tragedy for their own agendas."
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