By EVAN BEVINS
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A Facebook comment by Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber created a firestorm well beyond the Mid-Ohio Valley.
In a reply to a post on a private Facebook page reportedly about Friday’s announcement that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would vote to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Barber wrote, “Better get you’re coathangers ready liberals (sic).”
The post — which many took to be a reference to a mechanism for unsafe abortions should the practice be banned as a result of Kavanaugh’s presence on the court — was quickly removed by Barber, but not before screenshots were saved and spread. Over the weekend, the post was shared around social media and on liberal websites including Deep South Voice and Raw Story, as well as the Friendly Atheist blog at religious discussion site Patheos.com.
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