Barry West, a county commissioner in Coffee County, Tenn., is facing backlash after he posted a photo of a man aiming what appears to be a double-barreled shotgun with the caption, “How to wink at a Muslim” above it.
The Facebook post has since ignited a good deal of outrage. West responded to his critics by claiming he meant for it to be humorous. The official later deleted the post but did not issue an apology, WSMV-TV reports.
“I thought it was humorous,” West told The Tullahoma News, adding that he is “prejudiced against anyone who’s trying to tear down this country.”