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Widespread calls for Missouri lawmaker to resign after Trump assassination post

In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal speaks on the Senate floor in Jefferson City, Mo. Chappelle-Nadal says she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination. The Democratic Senator says she didn't mean what she posted Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, but was frustrated with the president's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal speaks on the Senate floor in Jefferson City, Mo. Chappelle-Nadal says she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination. The Democratic Senator says she didn't mean what she posted Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, but was frustrated with the president's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

August 18, 2017

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president's response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she was wrong for writing the post and didn't mean what she said, but she refused calls to resign. She said she wrote "I hope Trump is assassinated!" in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office.

"What I wrote down on my private Facebook page, was it wrong? Absolutely," she told The Associated Press. "But I am going to continue to talk about the anger and the frustration that led to that."

The post drew a swift rebuke, including calls from top Democrats for her resignation.

Among them were Missouri Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh, who condemned Chappelle-Nadal's post as "horrible." The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, Stephen Webber, said the comments were "indefensible" and the party "will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president."

"I condemn it. It's outrageous," added Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the state's senior senator. "And she should resign."

Missouri's Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and the state Republican party also called for her resignation, but Chappelle-Nadal said she had no intention of doing so.

"I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong," she said.

The U.S. Secret Service released a statement saying it looks into all threats against the president, "whether they be direct, implied, or comments in passing."

Chappelle-Nadal, from the St. Louis suburb of University City, said constituents in her predominantly black district are concerned about how Trump blamed "both sides" of the clashes in Charlottesville. The violence included a man slamming his car into people protesting against the white supremacist rally, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen other people.

"By our president saying things such as he does, supporting white supremacy and the Nazis and KKK, it's causing a lot of trauma," Chappelle-Nadal said.

Chappelle-Nadal, who is black, was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010, after serving in the state House for five years.

She has been an outspoken activist while in the Legislature. She was a prominent voice during the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police killing of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old resident who was unarmed when fatally shot by an officer in 2014.

Comments

Bill Turner 2 months ago

Yea, assassination is off-limits and it should remain taboo to propose/promote such an idea. Now, that doesn't mean that you have to be sad if the man has a coronary and keels over in his taco bowl. All is as god wills it.

Clara Westphal 2 months ago

Making a threat against the President of the United States is a federal offense. A felony means jail time.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months ago

And yet, your hero, pants wetting Ted Nugget, is still free.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 months ago

Hoping for and threatening to do so are not the same thing. Distasteful and inappropriate? Yes. A Crime? No. If saying distasteful, inappropriate and Hateful things were a crime we would have backlogs on all levels of our Judicial system for decades due to the current discourse.

Bob Smith 2 months ago

Here's to a speedy trial and a rapid conviction for this miscreant.

Daniel Kennamore 2 months ago

Ah yes, the typical double standard from the right on 'death threats'.

If you allude to something like this and are a DEM, calls for you to resign and prosecuted are screamed by frothy mouthed right-wingers.

If you do them and are conservative, you get invited to the White House.

Justin Hoffman 2 months ago

How classy of her. Further truth the lefties truly are going off the deep end these days.

Alex Landazuri 2 months ago

they are just following the lead of their president......

Steve Hicks 2 months ago

So, Alex...Trump is everybody's current president...including those Justin considers "lefties." So when you say "lefties" are "just following the lead of their president..." you're saying "lefties" are spewing violent blather the same way Trump does...

Interesting comment, Alex.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 months ago

At least you are willing to admit Trump is "spewing violent Blather". That is a step in the right direction but I do not believe that 2 wrongs make a right. Stooping to the President's level of discourse is not the answer here. I do understand, however, that multiple wrongs do make the Right.

Steve Hicks 2 months ago

It's an inexcusable thing to say about ANY president...or any other person, for that matter.

Calvin Anders 2 months ago

I will not try to defend Sen. Chappelle-Nadal's post. It seems like it obviously crosses a line. But it was not an explicit threat and she has acknowledged it's being inappropriate. I think that means we move on. This is no more inflammatory or inappropriate than Trumpster's implicit threats to journalists and protesters. If the far right wants to make this kind of implication a high crime, they need to go back and clean house. Trump and his supporters would like their to be a double standard. They would like for this black female senator to be held to a different standard than they are. Hmmmm.......

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