Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal is no stranger to controversy. She has been known to make rather provocative statements and Tweets. In January of 2015 she tweeted, “LET ME BE CLEAR: When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable” She may have gone a bridge too far this time.
In a Facebook comment (since deleted), Chappelle-Nadal responded to poster Christopher Gagné, who mentioned his cousin’s serving on the President’s Secret Service detail for two more years, and speculated that Trump may not last that long. Gagné said that wasn’t a reference to an assassination, but to his earlier-stated belief that Vice President Mike Pence will use the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to have Trump removed from office. Chappelle-Nadal responded: “No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!” Since then, the St. Louis Field Office for the Secret Service has confirmed the incident is being investigated. Chappelle-Nadal has since walked the comment back, explaining that she didn’t mean it and was just frustrated.
“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.” ~Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal
The Republican Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens added his voice to calls for her to step down. He said: “We can have differences in our country, but no one should encourage political violence. The senator should resign.” However, Ms. Chappelle-Nadal insists she was exercising her right to free speech.
“I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong.”