Missouri lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment

Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, D - St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Democratic state senator who posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated says she should not have posted the comment. Sen. Marie Chappelle-Nadal D - St. Louis County, says she didn't mean what she posted on Thursday but said she is frustrated and angry over the president's reaction to protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

Chappelle-Nadal said she has no intention of resigning over the posted-and-deleted comment. The head of the Missouri Democratic Party and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill both say she should resign.

The president has been criticized for comments that said both sides were responsible for violence during the protests, which led to one death. Chappelle-Nadal said Trump's actions make it easier for racists to continue their behavior and he is damaging the United States' status across the world. She also said her constituents are concerned and traumatized by the president's apparent support of Nazis and KKK members involved in the protests.

Chappelle-Nadal said she wrote the comment in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office. Chappelle-Nadal says she was reacting to concerns expressed by her constituents about Trump's response to a white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town.

Chappelle-Nadal has been outspoken in the past. She was active in protests in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in that St. Louis suburb in 2014.

The leader of state Senate Democrats quickly criticized Chapelle-Nadal's remarks.

“I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable. 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. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way represent the constituents of the 14th District or the great State of Missouri," said Sen. Gina Walsh, D - St. Louis County, in a news release.

The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, Stephen Webber, went further:

“State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible. All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America – and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president. I believe she should resign," Webber said in a news release.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D - Missouri, agreed with Webber.

“I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign," McCaskill said.
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