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John Oliver: Confederate flag should be used to 'help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world'

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On Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took on the Confederate flag during an impassioned rant against its continued use in the South.

“The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world,” Oliver said.

Oliver noted how many complained that the Confederate flag remained at full staff in front of the South Carolina capitol building even after the massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal last week in Charleston, South Carolina. As he explained, however, the flag is fixed on the pole, and the only way to remove it would be with a two-thirds majority in each chamber of the state legislature.

“Now might be a great time — out of respect not just for the events of this week, but for the events of the past several centuries — to take that vote, and lower the flag down to half staff,” Oliver said. “When it’s at half staff, why not keep lowering it all the way down? And once you’re holding it in your hands, take it off the flagpole completely, fold it — or don’t bother — put it in a box, label it Bad Flag and put it some place no one can see.”

Official video will be added one it becomes available. For now, watch the clip here.