A Civil Air Patrol officer in Kansas has been reinstated despite offering a lynching to Republican state lawmaker Rep. Stephanie Clayton who introduced legislation that would have restricted the right to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.
The Hays Daily News reports that Jonathan Holder, the Kansas commander of a Civil Air Patrol squadron, has been cleared to reenlist in the organization even though he said Republican Kansas state Rep. Stephanie Clayton deserved to be executed by “swing[ing] from a tree” for sponsoring a gun control bill.
“This b*tch needs to swing from a tree for violating her oath,” he wrote on Facebook about Clayton earlier this year.
Despite being initially removed from the Civil Air Patrol and Civil Air Patrol stating that they do not condone such language from their members, Holder has been provided the opportunity to return.
“CAP does not condone such behavior from its members, especially one in a leadership position,” the national office’s originally said in a statement.
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the Air Force created to mentor cadets as young as 12. Adults in the program are expected to promote integrity and self-discipline, while encouraging cadets to consider military or aviation careers.
Col. Linette Lahan, commander of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, said that while Holder can reenlist with the organization, he has chosen not to do so at this time. “He is not active,” she said.