NPR listeners are disgusted by the state of Alabama, and host Sasha-Ann Simons is airing their grievances.

On Monday’s episode of 1A, Simons filled in for regular host Joshua Johnson and examined liberal backlash against Alabama for its new abortion bill and the state of its prisons. NPR’s email inbox and social media was awash in hatred for the state, Simons revealed, with some wondering how such a place could be part of the United States.

“It’s hard to believe these people call themselves Americans,” Margaret in Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote in an email, which was read on air by Simons.

“The state of Alabama should stop fighting the Civil War and join the USA,” Margaret also said.