JEFFERSON CITY (KTRS) Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is weighing in on the Facebook post controversy involving a state representative. Gov. Greitens says Osceola Republican Rep. Warren Love should not be in office after posting on Facebook that he hoped whoever vandalized a Confederate monument in Springfield is found and hanged. Greitens in response to Love’s comment said leaders in Missouri need to do better.
Love posted on Facebook yesterday that he hopes whoever put paint on the Confederate monument is “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.” Love apologized in a later post that he provided to The Associated Press. He told AP that he didn’t really mean that and says he thinks it’s terrible when someone vandalizes an object of remembrance.
Missouri Democratic leaders and the legislature’s black caucus have called on Love to step down, including Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson has not yet weighed in publicly.