Lawmaker under fire for Facebook post
One Mississippi lawmaker known for his controversial social media posts is under fire again.
State Representative Karl Oliver made this post on his Facebook page regarding New Orleans city officials removing Confederate monuments. Oliver says, “If the, and I use this term loosely, ‘leadership’ of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of our history, they should be lynched.”
This morning, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn released a statement condemning Oliver’s post. He says in part, “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 Representative Oliver to apologize.”
Oliver’s now posted an apology via Facebook saying, in part: “I freely admit my choice of words was horribly wrong and I humbly ask your forgiveness.”