Mississippi state Representative Karl Oliver (R) is on the hot seat today for running his mouth on Facebook.
Rep. Oliver condemned the movement to remove Confederate monuments on Facebook by comparing its leaders to Nazis and calling for them to be "LYNCHED!"
Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, wrote: “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. 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 represents the city of Money, Mississippi, which you may know as the city where Emmett Till was actually lynched.
Oliver, who is completely bereft of self-awareness, issued an apology this morning for using the word "lynch" but not for comparing people to Nazis or the overall sentiment.
"I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians," Oliver said in a written response. "In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, I acknowledge the word 'lynched' was wrong. I am very sorry. It is in no way, ever, an appropriate term. I deeply regret that I chose this word, and I do not condone the actions I referenced, nor do I believe them in my heart. I freely admit my choice of words was horribly wrong, and I humbly ask your forgiveness."
I firmly believe that people who can't control themselves should refrain from using social media but, on the hand, it does conveniently allow them to publicly incriminate themselves and their movements. Trump's Muslim ban, for example, has been held up in court, in part, because of Trump's tweets.