Signs of division among state Republicans emerged on Monday when Phillip Gunn, the Mississippi House speaker, said the state’s flag needed to be removed because it had become a point of offense. However, Gov. Phil Bryant, also a Republican, said he did not expect the Legislature to supersede the “will of the people” on the issue.
Mr. Johnson noted that Mississippi’s Legislature will soon be facing elections and that the flag should be a central question.
“We would hope there will be pressure on them and we will also hope that many of them will see the South Carolina incident as a clarion call to correct how we currently project ourselves as state,” Mr. Johnson said.
New York Times