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GOP Lawmaker: Those Removing Confederate Monuments Should Be Lynched

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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 08:52 AM

Louisiana officials that ordered the removal of Confederate monuments should be "lynched," according to Rep. Karl Oliver, a member of Mississippi's House of Representatives.

"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," the Republican lawmaker wrote in a Facebook post:

Two state representatives, John Read of Gautier and Doug McLeod of Lucedale, liked the post, and no state Republican officials have issued comments, Mississippi Today reports.

"Like all members of the House, Rep. Oliver reserves the right to voice his opinion on any matter he chooses. However, that opinion does not necessarily reflect that of his fellow legislators," a statement on behalf of the House of Representatives said, according to Mississippi Today.

Democratic Congresswoman Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes said: "The shameful, but seemingly extremely comfortable, choice of words by my colleague Rep. Karl Oliver, were offensive to me as the act of lynching was commonly used and most targeted toward African-American men, women, and children in the South and especially in our state."

The monuments in Louisiana are not being destroyed, but are being moved until a new location for them is found, according to The Washington Post. 

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