tweeted a racist gif from the movie “Blazing Saddles” in reference to Sheriff Appelhans’s appointment.

“I didn’t want to say I knew it was coming, but it didn’t surprise me when it came,” Sheriff Appelhans said of the incident. “It isn’t something that I haven’t dealt with throughout my entire life. Unfortunately it’s something that I’m used to.”

Mr. Western later apologized for the tweet, insisting he had not meant it as a disparagement of the state’s first Black sheriff.

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