Allen West’s Facebook Editor Apologizes for Meme Calling on Trump to ‘Exterminate’ Muslims
Former Republican congressman and conservative commentator Allen West got some online blowback on Saturday, due to a meme on his Facebook page which seemed to encourage genocide against Muslims. The inflammatory image has since been scrubbed, and the editor-in-chief for allenbwest.com has apologized saying that West didn’t put the post up himself.
Over the last several days, President-elect Donald Trump has drawn intrigue over his pick for Secretary of Defense: former retired U.S. Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. This weekend, West seemed to give his approval to Trump’s choice, on the grounds that it would mean the extermination of Muslims.
After the meme received major criticism, West’s website manager Michele Hickford put up an apology and insisted that West had nothing to do with what was posted.
“As editor in chief, I must take full responsibility for this, although I was not the one who posted it,” Hickford wrote, ” Its message was despicable, offensive to many, and a terrible error in judgement by the person who posted it…I am deeply sorry for the distress this has caused so many people.”
West is known to promote anti-Islamic rhetoric, and Mic reports that he has been in contact with members of Trump’s transition team.
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