Despite GOP pressure, Democratic State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal is clear that she is not resigning because of a Facebook comment she posted saying she hoped that someone kills President Trump.
According to USA Today, the comment, that is now deleted, read “I hope Trump is assassinated.”
Chappelle-Nadal claims that she was replying to responses to an original statement she posted, expressing her frustration with Trump.
“He’s causing trauma and nightmares. That was my original post,” she told the Kansas City Star.
She also told the the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she was wrong, but what #45 has done to cause this anger needs to be talked about.
“What I said was wrong, but I am not going to stop talking about what led to that, which is the frustration and anger that many people across America are feeling right now.”
Yet Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and others are not here for her explanation and are calling for her removal from the legislature.
Unbossed and unbothered, Chappelle-Nada stresses that she is not going anywhere.
Republicans are not the only ones who have taken issue with her comments.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said, “It’s outrageous. And she should resign,” in a statement, and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., also condemned the comment.
State Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh called the comment “horrible.”
“There is too much rancor and hate in today’s political discourse, and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment,” she wrote in a statement.
USA Today noted that the Secret Service in St. Louis are currently investigating the matter.
It is possible for Chappelle-Nadal to be voted out by a two-thirds vote of the elected members of a chamber can remove a lawmaker in Missouri.
GOP members in the state said that Chappelle-Nadal has until September 15 to resign before they begin the removal process.
This is a developing story and we will provide updates as they become available.