GOP House candidate scrubs pro-Confederate Facebook posts

Published 10:17 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

ST. PAUL — A Republican legislative candidate is apologizing for old social media posts that admired the Confederacy and called to lynch President Barack Obama after his 2008 election.

Nolan West is running for a seat representing the Blaine area in the Minnesota House. He currently works as an aide for the House GOP.

The Star Tribune ( reports he has repeatedly posted on Facebook celebrating the Confederacy and reposted ads for flag purchases. In 2011 he called Abraham Lincoln the country’s worst president. Then a teenager, West responded to Obama’s election in 2008 by posting “IT’S LYNCHING TIME.”

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West says he’s taken those posts down because they don’t reflect his beliefs. He apologized for making the insensitive remarks.