Missouri state senator says she made a 'mistake' with Trump assassination comment

Missouri state senator says she made a 'mistake' with Trump assassination comment

Maria Chappelle-Nadal must step down immediately for expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated, The Kansas City Star says in an editorial published Monday.

Chappelle-Nadal, who joined the state Senate in 2010, said she made the post out of frustration stemming from the president's response to a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month for which he said "both sides" were responsible. After posting and deleting the comment from her personal Facebook page, in which she wrote "I hope Trump is assassinated", the secret service said they were investigating. Chappelle-Nadal says she will not resign.

Before Sunday's apology, Ms Chappelle-Nadal had only called the Facebook post "improper" and claimed she was being targeted by the governor and other officeholders because of political expediency or grudges.

"President Trump, I apologize to you and your family", she said during a statement took three minutes to deliver, AP reports. She said it was in response to the way she believed Trump himself responded to the protests in Charlottesville. For Chappelle-Nadal, first elected to the Senate in 2010, the 2018 regular session would be her last because of term limits. Sunday, she took part in a video press conference during which she apologized to the president. Rather than show herself to be better than Trump, she lowered herself to his level. "I will continue to fight for issues that are really important", she said. And I'm not ever going to make a mistake like again.

The St. Louis newspaper predicted that if Chappelle-Nadal stayed in the Senate, she would be shunned at a minimum and expelled at a maximum. Chappelle-Nadal had been a member of nine legislative committees.

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At this point, the Post-Dispatch noted, Chappelle-Nadal would do nothing but damage the already struggling Democratic Party in Missouri. Claire McCaskill, have demanded that she resign.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is calling for the removal of a state senator who wished for the assassination of President Trump.

It is unclear how the process to unseat Chappelle-Nadal would work.

"By no means is anybody who's out here supporting her advocating for any type of violence at all", according to Gipson. He added he would move to remove Chappelle-Nadal from any appointments over which he has jurisdiction.

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