LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker who supports capital punishment has stirred controversy by posting a photo of a beheaded woman on his Facebook page to show his opposition to the state’s recent abolishment of the death penalty.
Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion said he posted the photo to make a point, but took it down late Wednesday, saying policing the comments was unmanageable.
The photo came from the Twitter account of Pegida Ireland, a group that began in Germany and protests what it calls the “Islamisation” of the West. It didn’t explain who the woman was, when or where she died or the circumstances of her death.
Kintner argued on his Facebook page that people like those who killed the woman would be taken care of because Nebraska abolished capital punishment.
“According to the Nebraska Legislature, the thugs that did this should just be locked away and well fed for the next 50 years of the(ir) lives,” he wrote on the page. “Anyone think the Legislature is thinking clearly?”
Kintner said Thursday that he’s not affiliated with the Pegida Ireland group, and he didn’t know if the photo was real. He said he saw the photo in his Facebook feed and used it for his post.
The outspoken conservative lawmaker said the post generated about 250 comments before he took it down.
“My opponents, who are left on the issues, go after me. They make me the issue,” Kintner said. “They can’t beat me on the issues, so they try to make me look insensitive, like a buffoon, a crazy guy. Not once have they attacked me really for where I stand on the issues.”
Kintner caught national attention in 2013 when he told the Lincoln Journal Star that women were a mystery and that they didn’t understand themselves. He later said the remark was in jest.