In the tweets, Greitens also continued his demands that Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal should resigned after posting she hoped President Trump would be assassinated. She later apologized.

Love has excused the comments as “cowboy slang, ” saying  “I did not mean it that way and was only using and old Cowboy Statement that is a western custom of a penalty for Thieves that steal Cattle & Horses,” his statement said.” He also apologized to all who were taken aback by his words,  “Where I am from the expression I used simply means we should prosecute the offender to the fullest extent of the law, but I understand how what I wrote offended those who saw it as advocating for violence.”

Love is a member of  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Sons of Confederate Veterans and has sponsored legislation recently that would protect state historic military monuments and other memorials under the purview of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources including Confederate monuments.