A Democratic Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote in a Facebook post that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated, leading the Secret Service to investigate the matter. On Thursday Chappelle-Nadal was engaged in a Facebook exchange when she typed out the words, “I hope Trump is assassinated.”
She quickly deleted her response, but he Internet is forever and screenshots spread like wildfire. Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She said she posted the comment out of frustration with Trump’s statements about recent events in Charlottesville, Va., where an alleged white supremacist drove his car into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman.
Members of her own party are calling for her to resign and the Governor of Missouri is considering expelling her from the Senate. Top Democrats in Missouri condemned Chappelle-Nadal’s comments and called on her to resign her state legislative seat.
“I condemn it,” U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) said in a brief statement to the Post-Dispatch. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
Missouri Democratic Party chair Stephen Webber said that Chappelle-Nadal’s actions “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,” Webber said. “I believe she should resign.”
Chappelle-Nadal has started a petition to save her form the universally condemned and illegal act of threatening the President of the United States.
“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated. Things have got to change. 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,” said Chappelle-Nadal.
After members of her own party called on her to resign, Chappelle-Nadal dug her heels in:
“I am not resigning … What I said was wrong, but I am not going to stop talking about what led to that, which is the frustration and anger that many people across America are feeling right now,” Chappelle-Nadal said.
Having burned all of her political bridges, Chappelle-Nadal is turning to the people to save her. She started this petition, which is a lot funnier to read when you realize she wrote these words herself.
We, as constituents and community members and people who feel the same frustration with our current political landscape stand with Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal. We know that there is a huge difference between saying that someone hopes Donald Trump is assassinated and someone calling for his assassination.
We call on Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal to NOT resign.
Not only can you add your name to this petition, there’s a “donate” button in case you want to give her some of your hard earned money to help her violently overthrow the US government.