Secret Service investigating after Mo. senator's Facebook post hoping for Trump's assassination
Posted August 18
ST. LOUIS, MO — Thursday morning, a Missouri State Senator posted a comment on Facebook stating she hoped President Donald Trump will be assassinated.
Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted the comment, "No. I Will. I hope Trump is assassinated!" in response to a comment from another person who posted about his cousin being on the President's secret service detail and his fear that he will probably receive a visit from the secret service. A screenshot of the comment was posted to Twitter by KMOX's Mark Reardon.
"Someone wrote a statement on my Facebook and I responded with something that shouldn't have been put up there," Chappelle-Nadal said.
Her comment was quickly deleted from her page but the ripple effects were felt for hours after.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said, "I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign."
Missouri Democratic Party Chair, Stephen Webber, released a statement on behalf of the Missouri Democratic Party that read:
"State Senator Chappelle-Nadal's comments are indefensible. All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America -- and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign."
Congressman Lacy Clay also released a statement:
"Maria Chappelle-Nadal has a long and troubled history of making vulgar, obscene and completely irresponsible statements. But calling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. She has repeatedly demeaned her office and she is an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately."
Chappelle-Nadal told News 4 that while she is sorry for her comment, it was born out of frustration given the current political climate.
"I am not going to shy from that for a moment; the frustration and the anger that I have behind the statement that I made, and that is our president that we have right now is causing a lot of chaos," said Chappelle-Nadal.
She did apologize for the language she used in her post but did not back down from her anger she feels toward the president.
"I've been thinking about this for a very long time about our president and what he's been doing to people. I posted something on my personal Facebook and I should not have done that, and for that I am sorry for that," said Chappelle-Nadal. "But I am not going to shy away from what caused that anger at all, I'm not going to shy away from that."
Chappelle-Nadal said she has not been contacted by the Secret Service, but did allege that "a couple of guys are outside my house."
Later in the day Thursday, the Secret Service confirmed with News 4 they are investigating.
Amid the response from her quickly deleted remark, she said she doesn't want to see the president assassinated.
"No, I don't want to see anyone assassinated, but he should not be president, he should be impeached," she stated.