Missouri GOP pol “Lynch ’em” Love issues non-apology apology amidst calls to step down
Yesterday, we reported on Missouri legislator Warren Love, who called for individuals who vandalize monuments to military officials of the treasonous slaver Confederate states to be lynched.
Late yesterday, the hapless knuckledragging pol issued a non-apology apology:
“I should not have said what I said in the way I said it,” Love said.
After learning the confederate monument dedicated to General Sterling Price at the Springfield National Cemetery was found defaced Wednesday morning with red paint thrown on it, Love posted to Facebook, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found and hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”
“An old term that we used for cattle wrestlers and people that steal horses,” Love said. “The saying is supposed to be a short rope, but anyhow – someone’s caught me on that already, so I didn’t even make that statement correct.“
“Here’s what I didn’t do. I did not insinuate that there was an age of the person, a gender of the person, nor a race,” Love said. “And I would’ve said the same thing had the monument been General Nathaniel Lyon, who was right across the sidewalk.“
His comments are not going over well.
Gov. Eric Greitens and U.S. Senator for Missouri Claire McCaskill took the extra step to say Love should not keep his position.
And they weren’t alone:
Rep. Shamed Dogan of Ballwin, the only black Republican in the Legislature, posted a screenshot of the Facebook post and condemned it. “Vandalizing property is wrong, but hoping for people to be hung/lynched over it?? Way over the line!!” Dogan tweeted. “What is wrong with us #moleg?”
Stephen Webber, the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, called for Love’s resignation. “This is a call for lynching by a sitting State Representative,” Webber tweeted. Calls for poltical (sic) violence are unacceptable. He needs to resign.” …
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty of Kansas City said that while vandalism is a crime, “its punishment is not extra-judicial murder.”
“In calling for the lynching of those who vandalized a Confederate statute in Springfield, state Rep. Warren Love invoked a form of political violence used throughout the South to keep African-Americans subjugated for generations following the fall of the Confederacy, and for that he must resign,” she added.
Love, for his part, remains intransigent:
“My voters in my district voted me in, and I’ll be here until they vote me out,” Love said.
Good luck with that.