Two leaders of an Alabama city have resigned after their mayor posted a comment on Facebook about “killing out” socialists, “baby killers” and gay and transgender people.
But the mayor, Mark Chambers, refused to step down and told residents of Carbon Hill that he plans to run for re-election.
Protesters staged a die-in and then confronted Chambers during Monday’s meeting, where he sat between two empty chairs.
Some asked just how he would like to kill them.
One carried a sign saying “If you kill me, my ghost will haunt you.”
The meeting soon ended, with Chambers walking out past a gantlet of people calling for him to resign.
In his Facebook post, Chambers in all capital letters wrote:
“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.”
In a separate post he wrote:
“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.”
Chambers met privately beforehand with a small group of protesters.
Resident Rawsy McCollum said the mayor apologized, saying his comments shouldn’t have been public.
But McCollum said he shouldn’t have voiced hatred at all, and it’s time for him to go.
“If you can impeach the president of the United States, you should be able to move the mayor in this little one-red-light town,” she said.
Chambers accepted the resignations of council members McClain Burrough and Chandler Gann without explanation.
McCollum said they had expressed embarrassment over the mayor’s comments.
Resident Savannah Miles said diversifying the council to better represent the community would be a step in the right direction.
Yesterday, Chambers apologized for his words, making another Facebook post saying he was remorseful. “I alone am responsible for the comment that was made.”
However he still argued his words were “taken out of context.”
Carbon Hill is a small city in the northwestern corner of Alabama.
Chambers, a self-described anti-abortion advocate and Christian, was first elected in 2014.