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

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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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