ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A western Missouri state representative is under fire after appearing to call for a “hanging” of those responsible for vandalizing a Springfield Confederate monument.

Republican Warren Love, of Osceola, has since clarified he didn’t really mean they should be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.” But Republican Shamed Dogan, of Ballwin, says words matter, and those were embarrassing.

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“I don’t know if he realizes the gravity of what he said, especially the context. We’re in a context now that the tensions are just really high in our country, and especially around racial tensions,” Dogan says.

Dogan isn’t calling for Love’s resignation. He didn’t call for Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal to resign when she used Facebook to hope for the president’s assassination, but he says if Nadal is going to be removed, the same standards should be applied to Love.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens agreed, sharing his thoughts on Twitter:

Rep. Bruce Franks also responded to Warren’s comments on Twitter.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill issued a statement saying, “Representative Love should resign for his unacceptable comments.”

The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has issued a letter to Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson requesting the censure and removal of Love.

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