He also claimed it was "no big deal" when race officials gave the third-place runner in the men's race the first-place trophy.
Editorials from around Oregon →
"It's our history; it's our heritage. The flag is blowing because of the breath of the Confederate dead," Smith told the Hickory Daily Record after the Confederate flag went up in Catawba County last year.
3rd Confederate flag rises along North Carolina interstates →