Allen West issues apology for ‘Exterminate Muslims’ post

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On Saturday, the editor-in-chief of issued an apology for a Facebook post that called for retired Gen. James Mattis to “exterminate” Muslims as he serves as Secretary of Defense for president-elect Donald Trump.

“As editor in chief, I must take full responsibility for this, although I was not the one who posted it, and it was posted without my knowledge,” Michele Hickford wrote in a Facebook post. “I neither condone nor support the message included in the meme. This meme was not created by me or any of our writers. It was reposted from another source.”

“The image has been removed. Its message was despicable, offensive to many, and a terrible error in judgement by the person who posted it,” Hickford added. “Furthermore, it does not reflect Col. West’s beliefs, principles and values. I am deeply sorry for the distress this has caused so many people.”

The meme featured an image of “Mad Dog Mattis,” with “Fired by Obama to please the Muslims” written at the top of the image and “Hired by Trump to exterminate them,” at the bottom of it.