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McCaskill says lawmaker should resign for hanging comment

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Missouri State Rep. Warren Love. (Credit: Missouri State Legislature website) Missouri State Rep. Warren Love. (Credit: Missouri State Legislature website)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) -

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says a Missouri lawmaker should resign after posting on Facebook that he hoped whoever put paint on a Confederate monument in Springfield is found and hanged.

McCaskill in a Thursday statement said Osceola Republican Rep. Warren Love's comment was "unacceptable."

Love posted on Facebook Wednesday that he hopes whoever vandalized the Confederate monument is "hung from a tall tree with a long rope."

Love apologized in a later post that he provided to AP. He later told The Associated Press that he didn't really mean that and says he thinks it's terrible when someone vandalizes an object of remembrance.

Other Missouri Democratic leaders have also called on Love to resign, but so far Republican leaders not have publicly asked him to step down.

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Update:

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson released the following statement:

Representative Warren Love’s recent social media post is unacceptable and inexcusable. Regardless of the context or situation, no elected official should call for violence against anyone. I agree with Governor Greitens that Representative Love must face the consequences for his actions.

As President of the Missouri Senate, I will continue to hold the Senate to a high standard of conduct. Ultimately, it will be up to the members of the Missouri House of Representatives to decide if any disciplinary action should be taken. I hope they will follow the Senate’s lead and help ensure a return to civility in political discourse.

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