Mississippi Lawmaker Apologizes After Saying Louisiana Leaders Who Removed Confederate Statues ‘Should be Lynched’

A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, as it was removed from its longtime resting place in New Orleans on Friday. Lee’s statue was the last of four Confederate monuments to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote. Scott Threlkeld/AP

A Mississippi lawmaker apologized Monday for saying the Louisiana leaders who supported the recent removal of four Confederate monuments “should be LYNCHED!” Karl Oliver, a GOP state representative, had made the comment in a Facebook post this weekend.

Here is the original statement:

“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, ‘leadership’ of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.”

The post was later removed, but not before two other state lawmakers liked it, according to Mississippi Today.

By Monday, however, Oliver had second thoughts.

“In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, the word ‘lynched’ was wrong. I am very sorry,” the first-term lawmaker said — also in a post on Facebook. “It is in no way, ever, an appropriate term. I deeply regret that I chose this word, and I do not condone the actions I referenced, nor do I believe them in my heart. I freely admit my choice of words was horribly wrong, and I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Kathy Goldgeier