JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri state representative is calling on state Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, D-University City, to resign following a comment on Facebook in which she said she hoped President Donal Trump would be assassinated.
The senator had posted the comment on a Facebook conversation in response to another commenter, Christopher Gagne, who wrote about a cousin of his who he said was on Trump’s Secret Service detail.
“No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated,” she wrote in response to the comment.
Chapelle-Nadal confirmed that she had posted the comment, which was later deleted, telling the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she didn’t mean what she had put up.
Her comments come from her frustration over the events in Charlottesville, Va., in which an alleged white supremacist protester struck a number of counter-protesters with a vehicle, killing one woman.
President Donald Trump’s reaction to the event has been the center of some controversy, as he ascertained in a speech that both sides of the protests were to be blamed for the violence.
Rep. Kirk Mathews called out the state senator on Twitter, saying her comments were “disgusting” and that she should be ashamed.
The Missouri Times spoke with Rep. Mathews on Thursday regarding his response to the senator’s comment.
“It’s disgusting for anyone to call for the assassination of a President,” Mathews said. “In a time when everyone is crying for more and more calm and less violence, we have a senator say she hopes for the assassination of a president. I think that’s beyond ridiculous. For anyone to do that, it’s horrible. But for a sitting state senator to post that, I’m disgusted by it.”
St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger similarly disapproved.
“Hate speech is not okay, no matter who says it. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s comment today was wrong and reprehensible. No person should wish death upon another, no matter the differences. This has no place in our country or our politics. I am saddened by the rhetoric being used in our political area today.
The President’s defense of white-nationalists and neo-Nazis is disgusting, and we must not stand for this in our country. Now is the time to listen to each other and build a stronger and united America.”
Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh condemned Chappelle-Nadal’s statement.
“I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable,” Walsh said. “There is too much rancor and hate in today’s political discourse, and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way represent the constituents of the 14th District or the great State of Missouri.”
The Missouri Times also reached out to Sen. Chappelle-Nadal, but has not received any response at this time.
President Trump had been rumored to be visiting Missouri for the total eclipse, but according to the Kansas City Star, he will not be attending.
(This story first published by The Missouri Times.)