Missouri Lawmaker Calls for Lynching of Vandals Defacing Confederate Statue

Missouri Lawmaker Calls for Lynching of Vandals Defacing Confederate Statue
Vandals who threw paint on a Confederate statue in Springfield, Missouri should be "hung from a tall tree with a long rope," a Missouri lawmaker wrote on Facebook earlier today.

State Representative Warren Love (R-Osceola) rapidly deleted the post, but not before it got shared a few times — and not before it was spotted by Democrats.

The Missouri Democratic Party is now calling for his resignation.

“This is a call for lynching by a sitting State Representative," the party said in a statement issued this evening. "Calls for political violence are unacceptable. He needs to resign.”
Warren Love.
Warren Love.

The state lawmaker, who comes from a tiny town about an hour and 40 minutes southeast of Kansas City, was sharing a story from a Springfield, Missouri, television station reporting on vandalism to a statute of a Confederate at the Springfield National Cemetery.

He's not the only Missouri pol to make the news for impolitic comments on Facebook in recent weeks.

State Representative Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) has been targeted for removal after writing on Facebook that she hopes President Trump is assassinated. Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of committee assignments, with the lieutenant governor saying he will call for her expulsion if she doesn't resign.

Chappelle-Nadal also quickly deleted the post.

Love told the Post-Dispatch that he didn't literally want the vandals lynched.

"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. ... That's just a Western term and I'm very much a Western man. You know, I wear a coat. You know, I dress Western. And, you know, I'm the cowboy of the Capitol."

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Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske is the executive editor of the RFT and its sister papers. She is the former host of St. Louis on the Air and continues to host its Legal Roundtable, as well participating as an occasional panelist on Nine PBS' Donnybrook. She lives in St. Louis.
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