'I hope Donald Trump is assassinated!' says Democratic senator from Missouri

Screenshot taken by KMOX's Mark Reardon of Maria Chappelle-Nadal's Facebook comment

The politician said "I hope Trump is assassinated!" in response to a post suggesting Vice President Mike Pence would try to oust Mr Trump from the Oval Office.

The U.S. Secret Service released a statement saying it looks into all threats against the president, "whether they be direct, implied, or comments in passing".

She deleted the comment, but a screenshot of the post quickly went viral on social media, and by the afternoon, leading Missouri Democrats were calling for her to resign.

And Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. "She should resign immediately".

Chappelle-Nadal told Missouri station KMOX that since other members of the legislature had not resigned despite marital infidelity and smoking in the capitol, she would not resign either.

On Friday, Chappelle-Nadal told the Post-Dispatch she met with the Secret Service on Thursday and explained to them that she had made a mistake.

Parson isn't the only one wanting to see Chappelle-Nadal gone from her seat in the Senate after that Facebook wish she offered to her followers.


"I condemn it. It's outrageous", said Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who is the state's senior senator. But it was likely made in response to a discussion about the ongoing controversy over President Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

Chappelle-Nadal told The Associated Press she won't resign. "I believe this calls for ... extraordinary action and we need, as the state of Missouri, to set an example for the other states of this country to make sure we're not going to allow those things to happen".

"I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong", she said.

5 On Your Side interviewed Chappelle-Nadal after the post was deleted. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her.

After someone responded, she replied to the person, "I hope Trump is assassinated!" "No one is going to speak for African-Americans like I do". Chappelle-Nadal has been something of a loose cannon in the past. "If they paid half as much attention to the nuclear waste in our community as they did to me, and what I say we'd be in a much better place".

Chappelle-Nadal represents University City, which includes residents in Ferguson.

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