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After Confederate flags start coming down, hundreds rally to keep the hate symbol flying

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After a vocal movement to remove Confederate flags succeeded in Alabama and an activist scaled a flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse to remove it Saturday, some rallied and signed petitions to keep the “stars and bars” flying.

In South Carolina, where the flag still flies even as funerals for victims of last week’s racist attack on a landmark black church were held nearby, activist Bree Newsome repelled up the flag pole and took it down. She and James Stone, who assisted her, were arrested and within an hour the flag was raised again, according to the New York Daily News.

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“This is not a flag of hate. It’s a flag of heritage, and we have a right to our heritage,” Leland Browder told WIS10 in South Carolina.

This claim is debunked by history professor Bruce Levine, who in Politico wrote today, “The Confederate States of America came into existence to preserve African American slavery and white supremacy.” And while protesters deny the flag is a symbol of hate, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports the Alabama rally was planned by hate group League of the South.

WIS10 reporter Chad Mills was at the scene and live-Tweeted from it.

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A young African-American man can be seen on Mill’s video’s from the rally arguing with white flag supporters. “How do you justify, ‘too many Yankees, not enough flags,'” he challenges a man, referring to the sign the man was holding. “You live in a state of mind of hate.”

Nearly a week after a gunman killed nine at a Bible study in Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME church, calls had been renewed to take the flag off statehouse grounds, and on Tuesday, state lawmakers began the process of doing so, WSI10 reports.

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In Alabama, flags were already taken down on order by Governor Robert Bentley, and several hundred came out to protest Saturday, WSFA reports.

Protesters carried Confederate flags and sang Dixie.

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Watch video of activist Bree Newsome removing South Carolina’s Confederate flag here below. Her bail was set at $3,000 but supporters have raised $60,000, and counting, to support her.

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Trump ‘has done nothing wrong’: Lindsey Graham does not think ethnic cleansing is an impeachable offense

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed President Donald Trump for allowing Turkey's ethnic cleansing of the Kurds in Syria, but then defended the president against impeachment during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Graham told Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro that he worried that 15,000 ISIS fighters could escape, allowing the terrorist caliphate to reconstitute.

The South Carolina Republican declared that America "will not tolerate" ethnic cleansing.

But then he was asked about impeachment.

"Impeachment is a bunch of bull," Graham declared. "It is BS."

"The president has done nothing wrong," Graham argued.

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Trump may ‘undo his presidency’ — with Republicans backing impeachment: CNN’s conservative anchor

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President Donald Trump's presidency is in peril as Republican lawmakers condemn the administration for green-lighting Turkey's ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria.

"President Trump this week set fire to the emoluments clause by announcing his own resort would host the G-7 summit. His Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, set fire to his boss’s innocence admitting on camera to the very thing Trump is being investigated for and possibly impeached over," CNN's S.E. Cupp said.

"Donald Trump has put the Republican Party through a lot. Most have gone willingly along with him -- kids in cages, a trade war, protecting Putin, honoring Kim Jong-Un, breaking the law, the lies, the insults, the fake news, the rape allegations. Defending the president over the indefensible has become something of a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers, few of whom have ever dared to call him out," she noted.

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Rep AOC helped Bernie Sanders turn out ‘the largest crowd drawn by any candidate’: report

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turn out a huge crowd at a campaign rally in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, officially endorsed the Vermont senator at the event.

"Bernie Sanders has a crowd of 25,872 this afternoon at his Queens rally, according to the security company handling the event, Contemporary Services Corp. That would make this event, his first since his heart attack 18 days ago, the largest crowd drawn by any candidate," Buzzfeed News correspondent Ruby Cramer reported.

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