Two of Karl Oliver’s fellow Mississippi Republicans signaled that they support his position.
The day after the city of New Orleans removed the last of its Confederate monuments from public display, a Republican lawmaker who represents the community where Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi wrote that leaders who work to have such monuments taken down “should be lynched.”
Alongside a photo of the statue of Robert E. Lee — the last of the four monuments to be removed from public display in New Orleans — Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Money, Mississippi, wrote on Facebook: “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, published Saturday, was still live on Oliver’s page as of Monday morning.
Mississippi Today reports that two of Oliver’s fellow Republican state representatives liked his post. A statement released on behalf of the entire House of Representatives didn’t condemn it.
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