Jeb Bush calls Confederate flag racist

Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has called the flying of the Confederate flag racist. He also injected the former MSNBC promotional phrase “lean forward” in his remarks. Is he trying to make a play for the moderate middle and the left before he’s won the Republican primary?

In his first campaign stop in South Carolina since the deadly shooting that killed nine at AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, Bush recalled how he “decided to do something politically incorrect” and removed the flags outside the Florida state house when he was governor in 2001.

“The symbols were racist,” the Republican presidential candidate said during a campaign stop at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.

“If you’re trying to lean forward rather than live in the past, you want to eliminate the barriers that create disagreements, and so I did,” he added.