The mayor of a small town in rural northwest Alabama has apologized for appearing to suggest that gay and transgender people should be ‘killed out’ in a Facebook post after initially denying he wrote it.
Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers sparked widespread outrage when he shared an image on his page that said in all caps: ‘We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.’
His remarks got even more extreme in the comments section when he responded to a friend who wrote: ‘By giving the minority more rights than the majority. I hate to think of the country my grandkids will live in unless somehow we change and I think that will take a revolution.’
Chambers agreed, writing: ‘The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.’
The politician denied having posted the comment when first confronted by local TV station WBRC on Monday.
‘I don’t think I posted that. I think that’s somebody else’s post,’ he allegedly told a reporter.
‘So, you’re saying someone is using your identity on Facebook?’ the reporter asked, to which he replied: ‘I don’t know.’
WRBC says Chambers called back minutes later and admitted to writing the comment himself.
He claimed that it was taken out of context and that he meant to send it as a private message.