One day after Gov. Scott Walker signaled his support for a call to take down the Confederate flag at South Carolina's Capitol, a Democratic state senator is asking him to take a stronger stand.
Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, called for Walker to clarify his stance on the flag on Tuesday.
The push to remove it comes in the wake of the racially motivated killing of nine black worshippers in a historic Charleston church last week.
Dylann Roof, a white 21-year-old man, has said he hoped the shooting would spark a race war, CNN reported.
Walker, in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, condemned the shooting as "racist" and "evil." But talking to reporters, he avoided weighing in on the debate over the flag and what it represents.
"I think they're going to have a good healthy debate and should have that debate in South Carolina amongst officials at the state level," Walker said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I just think before I or anyone else weighs in on anything to do with policy, whether it's this or any other policy decisions, we should honor the dead and the families by allowing them to bury their loved ones. And then you could perfectly ask me that question at some point in the next week or two when that's done."
At the political event, Walker also wouldn't say whether he sees the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism.
"The placement of a Confederate flag on the Capitol grounds is a state issue and I fully expect the leaders of South Carolina to debate this but the conversation should wait until after the families have had a chance to bury and mourn their loved ones," Walker said in a statement this weekend.
On Monday afternoon, South Carolina's Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said it's time for the flag to come down. The decision will go before South Carolina's state Legislature, which requires a two-thirds vote to approve its removal.
Shortly after Haley, backed by a group of South Carolina elected officials, made her announcement, Walker tweeted: "I am glad @nikkihaley is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. I support her decision - SKW."
Taylor says the governor is sending mixed messages.
"This issue is pretty clear. Just like the swastika is offensive to Jewish people, the Confederate battle flag that represents slavery flies in the face of all that America stands for, and it should fly no more," Taylor said in a statement. "This is too important to deliver mixed messages about. Slavery is abhorrent and so is a flag that symbolizes slavery."
As a state representative in 2000, Walker voted to support a resolution calling on South Carolina to "immediately stop flying the confederate flag in an official capacity." He also supported an amended version of that resolution adding Mississippi and Georgia to the call.
Taylor said his "state issue" answer flies in the face of the position he took as a state legislator.
"This isn’t an issue just for South Carolina. Black people throughout America are offended by the Confederate battle flag," Taylor said. "In case Governor Walker has forgotten, he represents a large black population right here in his home state. Gov. Scott Walker should have the integrity that Rep. Scott Walker had on this issue, stop pandering to the far right and immediately call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from all public buildings throughout America."
A spokeswoman for Walker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.