Charles Krauthammer observed last night that the "standard liberal impulse" after a tragedy is always to take action, even if it ends up being an "irrelevant" action. 

Responding to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's call for the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's statehouse grounds, Krauthammer said that should have been done five years ago. 

Though he believes the decision is a positive one, he said it's also totally "irrelevant" to what happened.

"Had the flag not existed or not been on the grounds of the capitol, this massacre would have happened in any case. But it's the standard liberal impulse. Something happened [that is] really bad. So there's gotta be a problem and there has to be a solution, we must do something. Even if the 'something' is entirely irrelevant," said Krauthammer.

Krauthammer went on to say that the same thing applies to President Obama quickly calling for gun control following last week's shooting.

"Had all the laws Obama wanted to pass passed, it would have made no difference whatsoever. But that's instinct: don't just stand there do something, when Reagan advised, 'don't just do something, stand there,'" he recalled. 

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