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.”
His post appears to have been deleted but he has not yet responded to calls for an apology.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn and State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have joined Democrats in condemning the comments, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
“Rep. Oliver’s language is unacceptable and has no place in civil discourse,” Mr. Bryant said.
“I condemn the comments recently posted on Facebook by Rep. Karl Oliver,” Mr. Gunn said. “They do not reflect the views of the Republican Party, the leadership of the House of Representatives or the House as a whole. Using the word lynched is inappropriate and offensive. We call on Rep. Oliver to apologize.”
“Rep. Oliver’s comments were offensive, do not represent the Mississippi Republican Party and have no place in our public discourse,” Mr. Nosef said.