A Colorado American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) leader resigned after suggesting in a Facebook post that Donald Trump supporters be shot.
Loring Wirbel stepped down from his position as co-chair of the Colorado Springs ACLU chapter on Dec. 10 after posting on his personal Facebook page about Trump and his supporters.
“The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, ‘This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day,'" Wirbel wrote in his Dec. 7 Facebook post. "They’re not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there’s always force, as Laurie would say."
Goebbels is in reference to Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler's followers who advocated for the "final solution": killing millions of Jewish people, according to the Gazette.
Here is the controversial Facebook post, which Wirbel told the Gazette was "a joke":
Wirbel’s post was later taken down, but not before El Paso County Republican Party Executive Director Daniel Cole reposted it.
“I think it's outrageous on its face,” Cole told the Gazette. “It's beyond belief that he would think it was acceptable to post something like that."
The ACLU subsequently released a statement criticizing Wirbel’s remarks.
“The personal posts of members, supporters, and volunteers on their own personal media sites should not be mistaken for endorsements or official statements of the ACLU of Colorado,” the organization said, reported NY Daily News, adding that they do not “condone the recent personal Facebook post of regional volunteer Loring Wirbel," according to The Gazette.