Backlash to lawmaker's Trump assassination comment continues
Aug. 22, 2017
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Backlash continues after a Missouri state lawmaker temporarily posted a comment on Facebook in which she expressed hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson sent a letter to legislators Tuesday asking for a special session to oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. The St. Louis-area lawmaker has resisted calls to resign for posting the comment last week that said: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"
Parson's request for a special session came hours after Republican and Democratic state Senate leaders removed Chappelle-Nadal from all of her legislative committee assignments.
Chappelle-Nadal later deleted the post and has since apologized. But Parson and Republican Gov. Eric Greitens have said senators should oust her from office if she doesn't resign.
Expelling her from office would require a two-thirds vote.