The Latest: Missouri lawmaker won’t resign over Trump post
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri state senator posting and deleting a comment hoping President Trump is assassinated (all times local):
A Democratic state senator who posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated acknowledged she should not have posted the comment, but said she is frustrated and angry over the president’s reaction to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
Sen. Marie Chappelle-Nadal said she has no intention of resigning over a comment she posted and the deleted Thursday.
The president has been criticized for comments that said both sides were responsible for violence during the protests, which led to one death. She said Trump’s actions make it easier for racists to continue their behavior and he is damaging the United States’ status across the world.
She also said her constituents are concerned and traumatized by the president’s apparent support of Nazis and KKK members involved in the protests.
Missouri Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh is strongly condemning a state senator who posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat from University City, acknowledged on Thursday that she posted her hopes that the president would be assassinated. She said she shouldn’t have posted the comment and took it down.
Walsh said in a statement that Chappelle-Nadal’s “unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party.” She said it is never acceptable to support or suggest violence against anyone, especially elected leaders.
Walsh said today’s political climate includes too much rancor and hate and Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding to that toxic environment.
A Missouri lawmaker says she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination.
Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she didn’t mean what she posted Thursday, but was frustrated with the president’s reaction to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Chappelle-Nadal said she wrote the comment in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office.
Chappelle-Nadal says she was reacting to concerns expressed by her constituents about Trump’s response to a white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town.
Chappelle-Nadal has been outspoken in the past. She was active in protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com