Missouri senator urged to resign after Trump assassination FB post

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   Aug. 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM
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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Missouri state senator says she regrets posting a statement hoping for President Donald Tramp's assassination.

"I hope Trump is assassinated!" state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, wrote on her personal Facebook page on Thursday morning. She quickly deleted the post, but the U.S. Secret Service is investigating the matter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday.

Other political leaders, including Missouri's Republican governor and many Democrats, condemned her post and called on her to resign. U.S. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Chappelle-Neal should resign and called her comments "outrageous."

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber said that the party "will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign."

Chappelle-Nadal said she was wrong but has no plans to heed those calls to resign from her colleagues, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.

"The way I responded this morning was wrong," she said. "I'm frustrated. Did I mean the statement? No. Am I frustrated? Absolutely. The president is causing damage. He's causing hate. On my personal Facebook [page], I put up a statement saying that I really hate Trump. He's causing trauma and nightmares. That was my original post. A whole bunch of people responded to that. I'm not resigning. Legislators cheat on their wives or smoke marijuana and are not asked to resign. I'm not resigning over a simple mistake."

Chappelle-Nadal is ineligible to run for re-election because of term limits.

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