The mayor of a town in Alabama has reportedly defended a public Facebook post in which he suggested “killing out” gay people and “baby killers.”
Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Ala., argued during a phone interview with local Fox affiliate WBRC that the comments posted on Facebook and since deleted had been “taken out of context.”
According to WBRC, the original post written in all capital letters read: “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."
A Facebook friend of Chambers’s responded by writing, "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 followed up with a comment saying, “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,” WBRC reported.
The outlet reported that the mayor initially denied that the Facebook post was his when contacted by a reporter, before acknowledging in a follow-up call that he wrote it. He sought to defend and clarify the contents of the post.
Chambers told the outlet that he made the post but meant for it to be private between him and a friend, not public on his page.
“I never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that,” Chambers said before the entire post was read back to him. He then said his “killing them out” comment was in reference to if a revolution were to take place, WBRC reported.
“That’s in a revolution. That’s right! If it comes to a revolution in this country both sides of these people will be killed out," he said.
The Hill has reached out to Carbon Hill City Hall in an attempt to reach Chambers for comment. The mayor did not immediately respond to other local news outlet's requests for comment Tuesday.
Chambers became mayor of the Alabama town of roughly 2,000 people in 2014.