Mitt Romney thinks the South Carolina Capitol should take down its Confederate flag

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After Charleston, the Confederate Flag Is Still Flying High

Following the tragic church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this week, two out of the three flags at the State Capitol building were brought to half-staff. The one that wasn't? The Confederate flag.

This has sparked outrage across the country, as the flag itself remains an incredibly controversial symbol of our country's history.

Early Saturday morning, Mitt Romney became the most prominent Republican leader to take a stand on the issue thus far in a widely-circulated tweet that has garnered more than 20,000 retweets:



Will Romney's words, calling the flag a "symbol of racial hatred," put pressure on the candidates in the running for the 2016 Republican nomination? That remains to be seen.

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Mitt Romney thinks the South Carolina Capitol should take down its Confederate flag
The Confederate flag is seen waving behind the monument of the victimes of the Confederation Army during the American Civil War in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in Charleston in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions. Police detained 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shown wearing the flags of defunct white supremacist regimes in pictures taken from social media, after nine churchgoers were shot dead during bible study on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - JANUARY 21: Dr. John Cobin of Greenville, South Carolina holds signs in support of displaying the Confederate flag at a Martin Luther King Day rally January 21, 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina. Cobin is a member of the League of the South, a Southern nationalist organization. All three major Democratic candidates for President spoke to a large crowd on the state house grounds. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - MAY 02: A descendant of Confederate soldiers pauses during prayer during a memorial service at Elmwood Cemetery on May 2, 2015 in Columbia, SC. Confederate Memorial Day is a official state holiday in South Carolina and honors those that served during the Civil War. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - MAY 02: A member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy walks past graves of Confederate soldiers during a memorial service at Elmwood Cemetery on May 2, 2015 in Columbia, SC. Confederate Memorial Day is a official state holiday in South Carolina and honors those that served during the Civil War. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - APRIL 6: Confederate flag supporters demonstrate on the north steps of the capitol building 06 April, 2000 in Columbia, SC. The US southern state is split into two factions -- those for and those against the Confederate flag remaining above the capitol building. The 'Get in Step with the People of South Carolina' march, led by Charleston, SC, mayor Joe Riley, started in Charleston on 02 April, 2000 and proceeded approximately 120 miles to the captial of Columbia to protest the flag's placement above the capitol. (Photo credit should read ERIK PEREL/AFP/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 1: Anti-Confederate flag protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol, 01 July 2000, in Columbia, SC to protest the placement of the Confederate battle flag on the statehouse grounds. The Confederate flag was removed from atop the statehouse dome and the Confederate battle flag was raised in front of the Confederate Soldier Monument. (Photo credit should read ERIK PEREL/AFP/Getty Images)
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