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Missiouri senator censured for Trump assassination post.

A senator from Missouri was publicly condemned Wednesday for posting and later deleting a Facebook comment wishing death upon President Trump. “I hope Trump is assassinated!” wrote Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City). The black lawmaker had been going back and forth with a Facebook user about the possibility of someone taking out the president —...
Time: 23:38     Date: 13.09.2017
Last US News: Missiouri senator censured for Trump assassination post. NY Post 24 - US News

“I hope Trump is assassinated!” wrote Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City).

Members of the Missouri Senate voted 28-2 to censure Chappelle-Nadal on Wednesday as a result of her actions.

The legislative act is typically carried out in the attempt to get someone to resign or admit guilt. It includes publicly reprimanding an official’s conduct and expressing disappointment in the individual.

“They understand that I have made a mistake,” Chappelle-Nadal said of her constituents. “I have to continue working to build that trust and do the hard work of the district.”

While the state senate chose to formally chastise Chappelle-Nadal, it was a much different story for Rep. Warren Love — a white Republican from Osceola who posted incendiary comments about hanging people that vandalize Confederate statues.

“This is totally against the law,” he wrote, in response to a Facebook article about vandals striking the National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO.

“I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

Love was ultimately given a slap on the wrist by the House in the form of an ethic panel investigation — which was approved by Speaker Todd Richardson.

Social media users were quick to call out Missouri lawmakers for showing what they believe is racial bias towards Love, with many feeling that he should’ve been given the same punishment as Chappelle-Nadal.

Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) both insisted, though, that this wasn’t the case.

“That’s the silliest thing I ever heard of,” Richard told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s about a comment … against the president of the United States. I mean, God forbid if I’d have done that, I’m sure I would’ve been under the same pressures to resign.”

According to reports, it took senate members just 15 minutes to make their decision on what to do with Chappelle-Nadal.

While both Republicans and Democrats urged her to step down, the senator refused — saying she still had work to do while in office.

“I apologize for the Facebook posting. However, I have made it clear that I will not resign,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “The voters of my district elected me to represent them. I will work tirelessly for the remainder of my elected term to bring about positive change for my constituents and all Missourians.”

The censuring of Chappelle-Nadal comes just weeks after she issued a formal apology to Trump.

“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family. I also apologize to all of the people in Missouri,” she said. “I also apologize to my colleagues in the Missouri legislature for the mistake that I made. I will continue to fight for issues that are really, really important to me.”

“When the president apologizes for calling women the things that he does, I will apologize,” Chappelle-Nadal told KTVI at the time.

“When he apologizes for all of the statements he’s said on behalf of white supremacists and the KKK and neo-Nazis; when he apologizes, I’ll apologize,” she said. “But I’m owning up to my mistake, which is something this president is unwilling to do.”

While senate members didn’t have enough votes to call a special session to expel Chappelle-Nadal, they said they could return to the matter at a later date and try again.

Republican lawmakers said Wednesday’s censure was the first in Missouri’s history.

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