A Democrat state senator who hoped that President Donald Trump would be assassinated is refusing to resign her position. However the Missouri lawmaker is now losing committee assignments as a result and there is growing political pressure to remove her from office.
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D) says there’s “no way in hell” she will be resigning from her post, despite pleas from prominent state Democrats and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
As LifeNews.com reported, in a now-deleted Facebook comment, Chappelle-Nadal said that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
— Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX) August 17, 2017
The comment reads “I hope Trump is assassinated!” and is in reply to a family member of a Secret Service agent who was wondering if someone would attack the president.
Chappelle-Nadal told Missouri station KMOX that since other members of the legislature had not resigned despite marital infidelity and smoking in the capitol, she would not resign either. Chappelle-Nadal referred to the comment as a “mistake” and said that she is “owning up to” it. She also said that while she wished she had chosen better words, she stands by the frustration and anger that led her to say she wished that the president was dead.
But, as TownHall reports, that’s not enough.
Embattled Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been removed from her committee assignments as pressure grows for her to resign over remarks she made about President Trump. Chappelle-Nadal was caught in a Facebook exchange, hoping for the president’s assassination in the comment section. Yes, the Secret Service is investigating the matter. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has called on her to step down, as did Stephen Webber, the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. Chappelle-Nadal did offer an apology, but it seems to be too little, too late.
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Lieutenant Gov. Mike Parson has called on the legislature to hold a special session to expel her (via Fox News):
Missouri Senate leaders announced Tuesday that Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of her committee assignments, just two days after she tried to calm the controversy with a public apology.
Meanwhile, the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Mike Parson, on Tuesday called for the Senate to go into special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal from the body.
“I do not make this request of you lightly, but you and I know it is the right course of action to take for the people of Missouri,” Parson wrote in a letter to members of the Missouri Senate.