Former "Dukes of Hazzard" star Ben "Cooter" Jones made a full-throated defense of the Confederate flag, pushing back against those who believe it is a symbol of racism.

Jones, who served as a Democrat in Congress in the early 90s, argued that the flag is being demeaned "in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented."

"We are not racists. We despise racism and bigotry," Jones wrote on Facebook, adding that there is an effort to "vilify our Southern culture" following last week's racially motivated attack on a Charleston church.

He said he will never take down the flag from his stores and "Hazzard"-themed museums. 

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Jones discussed his Facebook comments this morning on "Fox and Friends," vowing to fight his opponents on this issue until "hell freezes over and then I will fight them on the ice."

Jones said the flag has been used for "hateful purposes," but argued that the "vast majority" of those who fly the flag are not racists.

"[Dylann Roof] was one sick individual and it does not represent the 70 million Americans who are descended from those who fought for the Confederacy," said Jones.

Jones said he's not worried about people branding him a "racist" for continuing to sell the flag. 

"I've been called things like that before, but I'm not [a racist]. I think most people who know me know that," he said.

Watch the interview above.