“I hate to use a tragedy like this, a criminal act of murder, to advance policy,” Republican Wicker said Monday before he spoke to the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership . “But certainly they have no right to be using our state flag as a symbol of white supremacy … It would be more unifying if we put this Mississippi flag in a museum and replaced it with something that was more unifying. That is still my position.”…
…But Harper deferred to state leaders on whether or when the state flag should be changed.
“But I will say this,” Harper said. “We have a great governor, a great lieutenant governor and a great speaker of the House in Mississippi, and I trust them to make the right decisions for what we need to do and when we need to do it for Mississippi.”