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Florida demands apology from former Rep. Allen West over Facebook meme

By Ellis Neal, For The Village Sun Times, On 13 December 2016, Read Original
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The editor-in-chief of apologized Saturday, after the former Florida lawmaker's Facebook page shared a meme that said retired Gen. James Mattis will "exterminate" Muslims as secretary of Defense under Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS intelligence split on motive for Russian election interference Trump lashes out at NBC News on Twitter Bolton questions if Russian hacks were "false flag" MORE. He was not fired. "I take full responsibility for this". West is meeting with Trump Monday and sat down last week with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump's pick for national security adviser, along with K.T. McFarland, the president-elect's choice for deputy national security adviser. 

"On Friday night, without Allen West's knowledge or consent, a meme was posted to this Facebook page which was reprehensible in its message", Michele Hickford, editor-in-chief of West's website, wrote on his Facebook page. It does not reflect Col. However, West's site regularly traffics in theories linking President Barack Obama's administration to the Muslim Brotherhood, and West once wrote the prophet Mohammed was a He has a long history of bigoted or offensive remarks, including once suggesting religious coexistence in the impossible and threatens democratic values, and views Islam as an existential threat to the continued existence of the country. She did not state who posted the meme, or why and how a meme calling for the "extermination" 1.6 billion people was posted. A representative from the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that an apology should be issued by the former Florida congressman who lost his re-election bid in 2012. West made headlines over the weekend for posting a meme to his Facebook page that called on the incoming secretary of defense to "exterminate" Muslims. The former congressman is no stranger to controversy, often releasing provocative statements to the media since his retirement from the Army in 2004. In 2011, West said that if noted Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels were alive, "he'd be very proud of the Democrat party". The store later told him the employee was underage. 

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