A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is facing calls to resign after he endorsed hanging vandals who defaced a Confederate monument.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri Rep. Warren Love, who earlier this year shared an article on Facebook that called Abraham Lincoln a "tyrant," shared an article this week on Facebook about a vandal throwing paint on a Confederate statue.
"This is totally against the law," Love wrote of the vandalism. "I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope."
Rep. Shamed Dogan, a black Republican Missouri state lawmaker, quickly condemned the post on his official Twitter feed.
"Vandalizing property is wrong, but hoping for people to be hung/lynched over it?? Way over the line!!” Dogan wrote. “What is wrong with us?"
Vandalizing property is wrong, but hoping for people to be hung/lynched over it?? Way over the line!! What is wrong… https://t.co/RSrPBkCbb5— Shamed Dogan (@Shamed Dogan)1504131071.0
Stephen Webber, the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, called for Love to step down for potentially inciting violence.
"This is a call for lynching by a sitting State Representative," Webber tweeted. "Calls for... violence are unacceptable. He needs to resign."
Love, however, denied that he was literally calling for a lynching, and instead said he was using "western" language to express his displeasure at the vandal.
"That was an exaggerated statement that, you know, a lot of times is used in the western world when somebody does a crime or commits theft," he said. "That’s just a western term and I’m very much a western man."