CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming state legislator has apologized after posting a racist tweet about the state's first Black sheriff.

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Republican state Rep. Cyrus Western replied on social media Monday to an article about Albany County Sheriff Aaron Appelhans’ appointment with a racially offensive movie clip. Western said he has since called Appelhans to apologize.

The state representative deleted his tweet after criticism mounted and said his post was intended to be a reference to the film Blazing Saddles and not meant to disparage the state’s first Black sheriff.

In the film, a former slave serves as the sheriff of an all-white town.

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