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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting “a mistake.”

But Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a black Democrat, said she has no plans to resign as numerous top Republicans and Democrats in Missouri have insisted since Thursday’s post in which she wrote “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said Friday that state senators should oust her.

“I made a mistake, and I’m owning up to it. And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like that again. I have learned my lesson. My judge and my jury is my Lord, Jesus Christ,” Chappelle-Nadal, who later deleted from post from her personal Facebook page, told reporters at a church in Ferguson.

She had asked media outlets to not publish the news conference’s location beforehand because she’d received death threats since the post.

“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family,” she added. She walked out and didn’t take any questions after delivering her three-minute statement.

Chappelle-Nadal’s post was in response to one that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office. She has said she made the comment out of frustration with the Republican president’s response to the recent white nationalist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, for which Trump said “both sides” shared some blame.

Chappelle-Nadal was later questioned by the U.S. Secret Service as part of its investigation into her remarks. She has told The Associated Press that she let the federal law enforcement agency know she “had no intentions of hurting anyone or trying to get other people to hurt anyone at all.”

Parson has said he will ask senators to remove Chappelle-Nadal, who lives in the St. Louis suburb of University City, from office if she does not resign by the time lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to consider veto overrides. The Missouri Constitution says a lawmaker can be expelled upon a two-thirds vote of the elected members of a chamber. But that hasn’t occurred in recent decades, and it’s unclear exactly how it would happen.

Before Sunday’s apology, Chappelle-Nadal had only called the Facebook post “improper” and claimed she was being targeted by the governor and other officeholders because of political expediency or grudges.

“You know, what I’m reminded of is that we’re all human,” she said Sunday, seconds before voicing defiance about calls for her ouster.

She also apologized to Missouri residents and her Statehouse colleagues.

“I will continue to fight for issues that are really, really important,” said Chappelle-Nadal, who was a prominent voice during the protests in Ferguson after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown. “God chooses people for different things, to send different messages.”

PHOTO: Nadal promotional

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23 thoughts on “Missouri State Senator Apologizes For Trump Assassination Post, But Won’t Resign

  1. Chastity on said:

    Why did she apologize? The asshole trump says things all of the time that he should apologize for but does not. Why should she resign? She should not and I pray she does not. His dumbass has said things much worse but no one is telling him to resign.

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    Everyone is a neo-nazi if you condemn this woman’s horrific post. You carry much hatred in your heart Diane, much hatred

      • Well because all the “racist” would be smart enough to wear eye protection
        unlike you poorly educated liberals who would first need a government program to buy the glasses then a government funded PSA to instruct you on how and when to wear then

      • specialt757 on said:

        @jhuf
        when you throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the one that barks is the one that got hit.
        You are a racist.

      • No {Special} the one that gets hit is the one that sticks his head between his legs and run’s away whimpering in pain at least all the mutt’s I’ve clobbered

  3. stephanie Jones on said:

    Sister, stand your ground and don’t resign, do as they do, apologize, you didn’t mean to say it, they have said the same and worst against President Obama and his family and never resign are still in office. Ask God to forgive you and give you strength when they pressure you, but don’t resign.

  4. hoodtechie on said:

    and please,please,please stop hiding behind god.what you have done and said was evil.you need to ask for forgiveness from god.you are calling & hoping for the taking the life of another human being no matter how much you disagree with them.that means you were not considering his family i will truly pray for you.you are great example for our kids to follow,not.

  5. hoodtechie on said:

    She should be immediately terminated w/o any hesitation. Had this been a republican calling for the assassination of obama, she and other democrats would be the first to call for their ouster. But since she is a liberal the media and the democratic Party will give her a pass.an apology is not good enough, you have shown your immaturity calling for the assassination of a sitting president and do not deserve the title of state representative.

  6. Mrknowitall on said:

    This black racist in fact didn’t actually apologise. To apologise you must say “I’m sorry”. She is a deciptfu racist that wants to keep her job, and is doing a cowardly approach.

    • Joe Gonzales on said:

      Agree 100% President Trump is doing a great job destroying himself . Kick Back Sit Back and Relax. Here is what we know 80% of all White Americans believe Confederate monuments are part of “Southern Pride & American History”. Only we Blacks (96%) think all these monuments who represent evil must be torn down. Only 20% White Americans support us. So please be cautious .

      • So 80% of white Americans live in the south? and the 20% that came to VA to protest the klan were from the north seams like the KKK would have had far more support at that rally

      • Lone Wolf on said:

        Many of those monument have been in their place for over 100 years. When did African Americans really start being offended by them. I’m sure know one on this board even thought of those monument that are being taken down until, once again, White Democrats over the past few months told you this offends you. Baaaaaaaaaaa!

      • Joe Gonzales on said:

        In America 13% are African Americans, 17% are Latinos ,6% are Asians and 64% are white Americans . Out of the 64% white people 80% ( 0r 51% 0f all Americans) support the Right to display Confederate simple Math . Asians do not care one way or the other and they make up 23% of the USA population , and 50% of this group sides with the rights to display Confederate flags & monument . So using simple math this means that there is another 11.5 Precent who support the rights of White Confederates . So in total 51% Whites+ 11.5 % Latinos/Asians = 62.5 % support The right to display confederate monument and Flags . Statistic thells us that 68% of Amerticans of all races support the Confederate rights.
        We have lots of convincing to do .

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