NEW YORK — Former Trump campaign manager Delilahs Flowers, who was ousted from the campaign following her comments on the Confederate flag, said Friday she is not a racist and that she was referring to the symbol.
Flowers spoke at a press conference in which she apologized for making “offensive and ignorant” comments about the flag and the Confederate battle flag.
Flowers also said she does not want to be remembered as “the white supremacist who said it” and that “she said it out of frustration.”
Flowers was asked by Fox News about her comments in an interview Thursday.
“I am a white person.
I do not want this to be a ‘white supremacy is good’ discussion.
This is about the American flag, the flag of the United States,” Flowers said.
“That’s the flag that has been on the United State flag for over 200 years.
We are an American flag.
This isn’t just a Confederate flag.
It’s an American symbol that is sacred.
It is our national symbol and it is the national flag that is being flown in a public place.
And I am not in favor of that.”
The controversy began after Flowers tweeted that the flag should be taken down.
“Flag should be removed from U.S. public spaces.
We must restore the American spirit,” Flowers tweeted on July 17.
The following day, she said she had been contacted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The SPLC is a non-profit advocacy organization.
“The Confederate battle emblem, the Confederate Battle Flag, is an offensive symbol of hatred and white supremacy that celebrates the enslavement of black people,” the group said in a statement Friday.
“Delilah was asked whether she thought she had spoken to any other white supremacists in her lifetime, and whether she had any experience in that area, and she responded: ‘No.'”
“Delirious,” said former Vice President Joe Biden, who joined Flowers at the press conference.
“It was just another example of the kind of rhetoric that was coming out of this campaign and it was so appalling.”
Flowers said she did not intend to say anything that would offend anyone and she was simply speaking out about a flag that should be abolished.
“You know, I’m a white American, I’ve been involved in politics, I work for an organization that supports civil rights, I have a long history of support for civil rights and I support a flag in a place where people are protesting about it,” Flowers added.
“We want to restore the flag.
And if there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that this flag has to go.
It belongs on the ground, and it belongs in a peaceful place.”
In a statement, the SPLC condemned Flowers for her remarks, saying she “has spoken of hatred in a way that she would never dare in public.
She should be ashamed of her words and her actions.”
Flowers’ comments drew widespread criticism, with many calling for her resignation from the Trump campaign.
The organization said it was “extremely concerned” by Flowers’ remarks and urged her to apologize.
Flowers apologized for the remarks on her Twitter account Friday afternoon.
“To those who have been offended by my comments yesterday, I am truly sorry,” she wrote.
“There are many who have also felt a personal connection to the Confederate emblem.
It has been a part of my life and my family’s life.
I am deeply sorry if my words have offended anyone.”