An IMPORTANT message to readers of

UPDATED 12/11/16 8:25 ET

On Friday night, without Allen West’s knowledge or consent, a meme was posted to his Facebook page which was reprehensible in its message.

As editor in chief, I must take full responsibility for this, although I was not the one who posted it, and it was posted without my knowledge. This meme was not created by me or any of our writers. It was reposted from another source.

The image has been removed. Its message was despicable, offensive to many, and a terrible error in judgement by the person who posted it.

It is critical that I reinforce Col. West had nothing to do with posting that meme. It does not reflect his principles or values. Nor does it reflect mine.

I neither condone nor support the message included in the meme.

We have a review system in place, which was disregarded in this case.

Once again, this action was taken without Col. West’s consent.

I am deeply sorry for the distress this has caused for so many people.

– Michele Hickford

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