Update, 11:40 a.m. Monday

A Mississippi lawmaker says he was wrong to call for Louisiana leaders to be lynched for removing Confederate monuments and is asking for forgiveness.

Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona says in a statement Monday that he wants to apologize to his colleagues and to the state of Mississippi.

Oliver set off a wave of criticism after posting on his Facebook page Saturday night that the destruction of monuments is "heinous and horrific" and that Louisiana leaders should be lynched.

The post was in response to the removal of three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy in New Orleans.

Oliver says he was expressing his "passion for preserving all historical monuments" but that the word lynching is never appropriate.

--Associated Press

Original story

A Mississippi state lawmaker on Facebook said Louisiana leaders in favor of removing Confederate monuments “in a Nazi-ish fashion” should be "lynched."

Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday that the removal of the monuments “is both heinous and horrific” and that he “will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State,” Mississippi Today reported.

Two other Mississippi state representatives “liked” the Facebook post, according to the report.

Messages for Oliver were not immediately returned, Mississippi Today reported.

New Orleans took down the final monument slated for removal – the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Lee Circle – on Friday.

Read the full Mississippi Today report here. Read Oliver’s full Facebook post below or click here.

 

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