Democratic State Senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of Missouri took to social media to say, “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Chappelle-Nadal is now facing calls for her resignation and is being investigated by the Secret Service.
Just two days after President Trump was criticized for condemning the violence and hate of the Charlottesville Disaster on “both side,” Chappelle-Nadal took to her personal Facebook account to rant about the President’s comments. Talking to Kansas City Star about what had happened, Nadal stated, “I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post.” Chappelle-Nadal then commented on her own post to express her murderous desires, saying, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
Chappelle-Nadal was later forced to backtrack from her original statement, after an intense firestorm of criticism. She claims that, in calling for the assassination for President Trump, she didn’t wish for any harm to come to him, but wrote out of a place of frustration and disappointment. “I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not,” she claimed. “It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis,” she charged, trying to shift blame for her personal actions.
“There are people who are afraid of white supremacists,” she added. “There are people who are having nightmares. There are people who are afraid of going out in the streets. It’s worse than even Ferguson,” she added.
Soon after the story broke, two top Missouri Democrats released statements chastising her, and suggesting that she should consider resignation. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) issued a statement condemning what Nadal has stated and urged for her to resign. Additionally, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) stated, “calling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state.”
Additionally, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and Missouri’s Democratic Party chairman, Stephen Webber condemned her social media post. Meanwhile, State Rep. Joshua Peters took a more hardline stance, “To call for the assassination of a United States President is unprecedented and it’s completely wrong,” Peters also called for a criminal investigation, and further action, saying, “It’s disgusting and I’m calling on her to step aside immediately.”
Top Missouri State Democrat, Sen. Gina Walsh, issued a formulaic, and bland condemnation of Chappelle-Nadal’s remarks encouraging the assassination of President Trump. The statement read, “I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments.”
However, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has resisted all calls for her resignation, and remains unapologetic after her call for Trumps assassination. On Thursday she Tweeted defiantly, “I am not resigning. When POC [African Americans] are respected by this WH & they are willing to do real work, I’ll sit down with them. People are traumatized!”
Chappelle-Nadal’s defiance reached a fever pitch, when she named the specific conditions Trump would have to meet in order to earn an apology from her. “When the president apologizes for calling women the things that he does, I will apologize. ”She continued, “When he apologizes for all of the statements he’s said on behalf of white supremacists and the KKK and neo-Nazis; when he apologizes, I’ll apologize.”