A Missouri lawmaker says in a Facebook post that he hopes whoever placed paint on a Confederate monument in Springfield is found and hanged.
Osceola Republican Rep. Warren Love said in a Facebook post Wednesday that he hopes whoever vandalized the monument is “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”
He later told The Associated Press that he didn’t really mean that and says he thinks it’s terrible when someone vandalizes an object of remembrance. Love apologized in a later post he provided to AP.
The vandalism was discovered at the Springfield National Cemetery on Wednesday, at a time when heightened security surrounded President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield.
Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber is calling on Love to resign.
Love’s post is no longer up, although the lawmaker told AP he did not take it down.
Work crews in Springfield have cleaned up paint that was placed on the Confederate monument.
The vandalism was discovered Wednesday, at a time when heightened security surrounded President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield.
The monument is at the Springfield National Cemetery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms that someone vandalized the statue. The Greene County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Confederate monuments have been coming down around the country since the 2015 fatal shooting of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 23-year-old white racist. But the pace has picked up since violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.
Statement from Rep. Warrren Love:
I wrote this as an exclamation on another post; “Most of you that know me know that I say a lot of Cowboy Say’n. What I almost wrote at first was and old say’n my Granddaddy used to say; ” whoever did that should’ve had their Bag Split and their Leg run through it”. However what I said was a stupid remark and I am Sorry to everyone that it offends.”
It appears that several people have interpreted a post I made about a penalty for Vandalizing an Object of Remembrance in a National Veterans Cemetery to be rather harsh and inciting violence. I did not mean it that way and was only using and old Cowboy Statement that is a western custom of a penalty for Thieves that steal Cattle & Horses. To all who this post offended I am very sorry. However I do believe it is very serious when a Cemetery or Object of remembrance is desecrated or vandalized and the penalty needs to be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Missouri Democratic Party Statement on State Representative Warren Love:
“This is a call for lynching by a sitting State Representative. Calls for political violence are unacceptable. He needs to resign.”