A Republican Mississippi state representative is facing backlash after he wrote on Facebook that the Louisiana leaders behind the removal of historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans should be “lynched.”
State Rep. Karl Oliver made the controversial comment after a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday became the last of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote.
“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific,” Mr. Oliver wrote Saturday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
“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!” he wrote. “Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.”
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