Maria Chappelle-Nadal. a state senator from Missouri recently called for Trump’s assassination on her Facebook page. Resignation is the least she should do. Even her fellow Democrats think she should resign.
She quickly deleted the post but it was captured for posterity by many.
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“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated. Things have got to change,” she told the Post-Dispatch. “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.”
According to the Post-Dispatch, members of her own party condemned her and some called for her to step down:
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis: “(C)alling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber: “The … Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign.”
Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh: “(She) should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment.”
Republicans also called for her resignation, the report said.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens said in a statement: “We can have differences in our country, but no one should encourage political violence. The senator should resign.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, and state Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, also called for Chappelle-Nadal’s resignation.
But Chappelle-Nadal, who said she was frustrated with the events in Charlottesville, is standing her ground.
“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.”
photo source: AP/Jeff Roberson