A Kalkaska, Michigan village president said this week that he does not owe anyone an apology for what some are calling a series hateful social media posts, according to The Associated Press. Jeff Sieting, who has been the village president since 2010, made Facebook posts denouncing Islam and calling for the killing of "every last Muslim."
His posts sparked a protest in the village and residents of Kalkaska called for his apology last month. Several are working to oust him from office. Sieting does have a group of supporters who live in the rural area in Northern Michigan, according to the AP.
Sieting shared one anti-Muslim post, according to Michigan Live, entitled "Kill them all, every last one," copied from a North Carolina group last November. That post calls muslims "dangerously destructive to society.” It compares Islam to a "flesh-eating bacteria.”
In a February Facebook post, he wrote:
Sieting has argued his comments are protected by the First Amendment.
“I owe nobody an apology for exercising my First Amendment rights,” he said, according to the Traverse City Record Eagle.
He believes those trying to oust him are doing so because they are against President Donald Trump, the AP said.