Outrage as Missouri Republican demands ‘lynching’ of Confederate monument vandals after saying ‘I hope they are found and hung from a tree with a rope’

Thursday, August 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

Republican Rep. Warren Love, 67, shared an article on a vandalized monument
In the Facebook post he said the vandals should be ‘hung from a tall tree’
The post has since been deleted although Warren denies that he took it down
Claimed he was using ‘old Cowboy language’ and was very sorry for the offense

31 August 2017

A Missouri lawmaker is facing calls to resign after he posted a message to Facebook which some said appeared to demand the lynching of Confederate statue vandals.

Republican Rep. Warren Love, 67, of Osceola, Missouri, was reacting to a news report of a Confederate statue at the Springfield National Cemetery in Missouri that was covered with paint.

In his post, he condemned the vandals and said that it what they did was ‘totally against the law’ and that he hoped ‘they are found and hung from a tall tree with a long rope.’

The post has since been deleted although Love denies taking it down himself.

In response Love said people had interpreted his post ‘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 and horses and to all who this post offended I am very sorry.’

Love, who ranches, said the term was a ‘cowboy slang statement,’ and not a call for lynching and that he meant to point out in his post that ‘it’s terrible when someone vandalizes or desecrates an object of remembrance.’

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