Last week, Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D) posted on her Facebook account that she hopes that President Trump is assassinated. After an influx of backlash and demands for resignation, the Democratic senator finally issued an apology.
After her initial statement saying, “I hope Trump is assassinated!” went viral, the senator refused to formally apologize. She admitted that she did not mean what she posted, but also said that “things have got to change.” Her frustration stemmed from her belief that President Trump was not harsh enough with his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
She said, “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.”
Not only did Chappelle-Nadal talk about Trump’s assassination, she also tweeted a photo about a Holocaust threat to a Jewish governor. She said that he should know where “the Trump train goes,” showing a picture of a Nazi concentration camp.
With her harsh words over social media, the Daily Wire reported that her own party and state began to denounce her.
Sen. Claire McCaskill said, “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
Rep. William Lacy Clay said that “calling for the assassination of the president is a federal crime…[She is] an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”
On Sunday, the senator finally issued a formal apology. She admitted her mistake and even said that she failed God with her words.
She said, “President Trump, I apologize to you and your family. I also apologize to all the people in Missouri. And I also apologize to my colleagues in the Missouri legislature for the mistake that I made.”
She continued, “The message that has been sent to me by our God is that I’m here to serve as a teacher, as a translator but most of all as a servant. I am a servant of God and I am a servant of the people that I represent. And I failed them both recently.”
“I made a mistake. And I’m owning up to it,” she added. “And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like [that] again. I have learned my lesson. My judge and my jury is my Lord Jesus Christ.”
Though she apologized, the Secret Service is investigating the situation since threatening the president is a federal crime.
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