Missouri Lawmaker Suggests Lynching People Who Vandalize Confederate Monuments

Missouri State Representative Warren Love is backpedaling after
he posted, then deleted, a horribly offensive Facebook post in
which he said that he hoped those vandalizing Confederate
statue be lynched to death. This comes, of course, weeks after
neo-Nazis descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia to defend
Confederate monuments, killing one woman and injuring several
others.

Several Missouri Democrats have called Love’s comments
unacceptable, and some are calling for his resignation,
including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and State Rep Bruce
Franks Jr.

State House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty pointed out how
Love’s particular focus on lynching, a form of violence used
specifically against black people in the Jim Crow South, made
the comment doubly offensive. “In calling for the lynching of
those who vandalized a Confederate statute in Springfield,
state Rep. Warren Love invoked a form of political violence
used throughout the South to keep African-Americans subjugated
for generations following the fall of the Confederacy, and for
that he must resign,” she told the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch
.

When reached by the Post-Dispatch, Love confirmed the
Facebook post but said that, despite literally describing the
act of lynching, he was not actually calling for a lynching:

When reached by the Post-Dispatch, he confirmed the Facebook
post, and said he was not calling for a lynching.

“Oh no,” he said. “Hell no!”

“That was an exaggerated statement that, you know, a lot of
times is used in the western world when somebody does a crime
or commits theft. … That’s just a western term and I’m very
much a western man. … You know, I wear a coat. You know, I
dress western. And, you know, I’m the cowboy of the Capitol.”

“Western man” and “Cowboy of the Capitol” sure are some
interesting new euphemisms for “Racist as fuck.”

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