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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump’s assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president’s response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she was wrong for writing the post and didn’t mean what she said, but she refused calls to resign. She said she wrote “I hope Trump is assassinated!” in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office.

“What I wrote down on my private Facebook page, was it wrong? Absolutely,” she told The Associated Press. “But I am going to continue to talk about the anger and the frustration that led to that.”

The post drew a swift rebuke, including calls from top Democrats for her resignation.

Among them were Missouri Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh, who condemned Chappelle-Nadal’s post as “horrible.” The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, Stephen Webber, said the comments were “indefensible” and the party “will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president.”

“I condemn it. It’s outrageous,” added Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the state’s senior senator. “And she should resign.”

The state Republican party also called for her resignation, but Chappelle-Nadal said she had no intention of doing so.

“I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong,” she said.

The U.S. Secret Service released a statement saying it looks into all threats against the president, “whether they be direct, implied, or comments in passing.”

Chappelle-Nadal, from the St. Louis suburb of University City, said constituents in her predominantly black district are concerned about how Trump blamed “both sides” of the clashes in Charlottesville. The violence included a man slamming his car into people protesting against the white supremacist rally, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen other people.

“By our president saying things such as he does, supporting white supremacy and the Nazis and KKK, it’s causing a lot of trauma,” Chappelle-Nadal said.

Chappelle-Nadal, who is black, was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010, after serving in the state House for five years.

She has been an outspoken activist while in the Legislature. She was a prominent voice during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old resident who was unarmed when fatally shot by an officer in 2014.


Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and Summer Ballentine in Jefferson City contributed to this report.


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20 thoughts on “Missouri State Senator Admits Trump Assassination Post

  1. B. Brown on said:

    I hate the fact that she allowed her anger at the current state of our union to cause her the possibly to loose everything she has,You can soon kiss that job goodbye and if you ‘re really smart you would resign and try to move past this ,They will certainly bring this up and use it against you at election time.As a private citizen you may have been able to get away with this but as a public official this is not cool. Dam Trump because he is pure evil and will reap what he sow.But it’s the husbands.sons,brothers,fathers who swore to protect the President that come up on the losing end of an assassination attempt,and they deserve better than that !

  2. Free Your Mind on said:

    Speaking about the issues is one thing but speaking death over someone is another. I was always told if you don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything good at all. So in closing never speak anything over someone’s life what you don’t want spoken over yours. You speak life and death with your tongue. Speak change, speak life, speak love.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    When you are in a position of leadership, you simply must learn to think before you speak. If you want to know what this looks and sounds like, you need look no further than the current Commander in Chief. Oh, wait, what? Never mind.

  4. Her remarks were tame, compared to what was said about prez Obama and his wife. Racsit didn’t give him a break the whole time he was in the WH. The trumpster csuse you say what’s on your mind. I do it daily.

      • African American Woman on said:

        She should resign. I don’t like Trump either, but you can’t openly call for the President’s assassination and think you won’t be held accountable…If the situation were reversed and it was a white person who wrote this about Obama; we’d be in the streets demanding this person quit or be fired. When you work, especially for the government, you have to have a high level of decorum.

  5. Thinking a thing and speaking a thing is TOTALLY different and (especially in these times) you need to know and have the discipline to differentiate the two… If what you think is going to cause you to speak yourself in a bad place (TROUBLE) then it’s best to just SAY NOTHING!!! For her… Too little too late!!! SMDH!!!

  6. Passing Through! on said:

    That was dumb on her part, trump doesn’t need to be assassinated because he’s killing himself all by himself. Just give him the rope.

  7. Leslie on said:

    Come on man, Really? You’re a LAWmaker…a BLACK LAWmaker at that, and you don’t know any better than to give in to your emotions like that?? I’m sure many of us have had times when we may have wanted to say what she said, and perhaps even worse about the card-carrying bigot in the Oval Office, just as worse was often said about President Obama, but even as laypeople, we know that all it takes is for one person to report a post to the proper authorities, and the next thing you know, you’ve got a knock at your front door. As a public figure in the political arena, and as a Black woman, this administration, and their nutty supporters are going to be out for her head, and they will not rest until they finally have it! Smh…got to be more careful.

    • specialt757 on said:

      On point Leslie. I thought the very same thing when I read this earlier. Even if she thought this (she’s not the only one), she should never have hit the send button, type it, get it off your chest, and delete it.
      Unfortunately, even though, those are the sentiments of go-gobs of others, she’s in a position that doesn’t allow her to say it out loud. They are going to bury her, not smart at all. “GOTS TO BE MO CAREFUL”, I like it lol.

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