Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson has demanded that state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who commented, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”, on social media, to resign by September 13 or have the Senate expel her.
Parson, a former sheriff who also serves as the president of Missouri’s State Senate, pointed to a section of the Missouri Constitution that relates to penalties for lawmakers guilty of “contempt and disorderly conduct.” As Lt. Gov., Parson is president of the Senate.
Chappelle-Nadal had dug in and declared that she would never resign. On Sunday she apologized to the president in a press briefing.
Surrounded by supporters, Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Sunday said she made a mistake and was apologizing for a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination.
“President Trump I apologize to you and your family,” Chappelle-Nadal said during an afternoon press conference at the Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo.
“I also apologize to all the people in Missouri. And I also apologize to my colleagues in the Missouri legislature for the mistake that I made.”
She had acknowledged last week that she wrote a post which read: “I hope Trump is assassinated!” that she deleted a bit later. She had a visit from the Secret Service!
According to The Springfield News Leader, Parson stipulated that Chappelle-Nadal must resign by September, the date of the upcoming veto session, or deal with expulsion from the Senate.
Her fellow Democrats had already condemned her en masse!
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party both called Thursday for her immediate resignation.
“I condemn it,” McCaskill said in a brief emailed statement. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
Missouri Party Chair Stephen Webber said in a separate statement that her 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.”
Most recently Democratic Missouri Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver asked for her resignation as well.
“I’m not going to do something that I haven’t heard many Republicans do on the air or in private. Anyone who labels anyone or any group of all races unless that is the purpose of the group, I disagree with it. A state senator here in Missouri called for the assassination of Donald Trump,” Cleaver said on Fox News Saturday.
“About 30 seconds after she made the comment, I issued a request for her resignation. She does not deserve to be an elected official in the state that I love–Missouri. She doesn’t deserve to anywhere in this country.”
She made the comment in an exchange with a left-wing activist who claimed that his cousin is a Secret Service agent.
Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to a reporter with St. Louis TV station KMOX that she posted the comment.
“I put something up on my personal Facebook page and it has now been deleted,” she said.
Yeah, something that just ended your career and gets you an interview with the Secret Service and possibly jail time!
The U.S. Secret Service has confirmed it is investigating the incident.
“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated,” Chappelle-Nadal told the newspaper. “Things have got to change.”
YES YOU DID!!!! You meant every word of it! It was as clear as it gets and what you did is sedition!
She was specifically frustrated with the domestic terror attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. “It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis. I have deleted it, and it should have been deleted, but there is something way more important that we should be talking about.”
The U.S. Secret Service’s St. Louis field office “is looking into this,” the office confirmed.
Kristina Schmidt, special agent in charge, told the Post-Dispatch that “hypothetically” in such investigations, agents try to “determine intent, to determine if there was a violation of federal law. If there is, then we refer it to the U.S. Attorney.”
“Our primary goal is to determine if there is intent and meaning behind it,” Schmidt said.
Looks like soon, she will be gone! Good!
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