A Mississippi lawmaker called for Louisiana leaders to be lynched after four confederate monuments were taken down in New Orleans. State representative Karl Oliver made the statement in a Facebook post that has since been deleted, saying the monuments were removed in a “Nazi-ish fashion.” Courtney Carter with News Mississippi says the Mississippi GOP has said these kinds of comments have no place in public discourse.
“Also we’ve had the speaker of the House, Phillip Gunn, has stepped out and spoken against this, as well as our governor, all condemning his remarks,” Carter said.
Oliver also said in the post that he will do everything in his power to prevent this from happening in his state, but it’s unclear if he’s taken steps to protect any of Mississippi’s monuments. Carter says the four monuments from New Orleans could be moved to the Beauvoir estate in Mississippi, which is home to many confederate-era memorials.
“We have had a lot of discussion with the leaders there that they’re trying to acquire the monuments that are being taken from New Orleans to put there,” Carter said.
Oliver has since apologized for the post, saying his choice of words was horribly wrong, and the word “lynched” is in no way ever an appropriate term. Carter says Oliver has made inflammatory statements like this in the past, including last year when he responded to an email from a citizen about a proposed tax cut.
“He said, ‘I could care less. I would however recommend that there are a rather large number of likeminded citizens in Illinois that would love to see you return. With warmest and personal regards, Karl Oliver,’” Carter said.
Carter says Oliver has been removed as the Vice Chair of the Forestry Committee.