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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle Friday, May 19, 2017, in New Orleans. Lee's was the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote on a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

A Mississippi lawmaker said officials 'should be lynched' for removing Confederate statues


Republican Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver said last week that leaders in Louisiana who had Confederate statues removed from public property should be "lynched," The Hill reported.

“If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, 'leadership' of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State,” Oliver wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post.

Last week, New Orleans took down the last of four Confederate statues slated for removal. This final monument was a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. 

The display of Confederate flags and monuments has come under renewed scrutiny after the 2015 shooting of nine African-American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina. 

“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific," wrote Oliver. 

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