Threatening President Trump’s assassination isn’t a good move for anyone.
Especially for an elected official.
And one State Senator in Missouri just learned her fate for her disgusting comments.
Just last month, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-MO) sparked outrage with five words.
While responding to a friend on Facebook about assassinating Trump, she commented: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
The firestorm of outrage for her comment was nearly instant, with a Secret Service investigation kicking off, and calls for her expulsion from the Missouri State Senate coming in immediately.
Even fellow Democrats, including U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), called for her to resign.
Despite all that outrage, Chappelle-Nadal refused to apologize.
Instead, she used her time in the spotlight to attack the President with ridiculous accusations, stating:
“When the president apologizes for calling women the things that he does, I will apologize,”
“When he apologizes for all of the statements he’s said on behalf of white supremacists and the KKK and neo-Nazis; when he apologizes, I’ll apologize. But I’m owning up to my mistake, which is something this president is unwilling to do.”
But things didn’t end up going well for Chappelle-Nadal.
Less than a month after her comments, the Missouri Senate voted to formally condemn her.
Only two Senators voted against the censure, making a clear statement that her comments were not acceptable.
It took the formal censure for Chappelle-Nadal to finally apologize.
But in her apology, she made it clear that she will not resign.
As reported by Fox 2 News in St. Louis:
“The Missouri Senate formally condemned a St. Louis-area lawmaker Wednesday after posting and later deleting a Facebook comment in which she hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination.
The state senate voted 28-2 to censure State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal. The only two to vote against the censure were senators Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) and Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis).
State senators, in Jefferson City for a special legislative session, could not reach the required two-thirds vote to expel Chappelle-Nadal. Censure is the legislative act of publicly reprimanding an official’s conduct and expressing disappointment. The resolution also reminded Chappelle-Nadal the senate could return to the matter and expel her at a future date.
Following the censure, Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) issued the following statement:
“Again, I apologize for the Facebook posting. However, I have made it clear that I will not resign. The voters of my district elected me to represent them. I will work tirelessly for the remainder of my elected term to bring about positive change for my constituents and all Missourians.””
The censure sent a clear message to Chappelle-Nadal, who has been known for causing trouble in the Missouri Senate, that future comments like this won’t be taken as lightly as they were.
The Missouri Senate has the power to expel a member, and nearly did that to Chappelle-Nadal, but narrowly failed.
If she chooses to make comments like the one she made about Trump in the future, it is unlikely she will get the same leniency she got this time.
Do you think her comments should have resulted in expulsion from the Missouri State Senate?
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