Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) publicly apologized to President Donald Trump for making a social media post in which she said she hoped he was assassinated, but again refused to resign. While speaking to reporters in a church in Fergus on, she said, "I made a mistake, and I' m owning up to it".
"President Trump, I apologize to you and your family", Chappelle-Nadal said at a press conference Sunday. Chappelle-Nadal told News 4 that while she is sorry for her comment, it was born out of frustration given the current political climate. The senator said that her post was actually an angry response to Donald Trump's speech where the president claimed that both sides share the blame for the recent white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville.
Chappelle-Nadal was later questioned by the U.S. Secret Service as part of its investigation into her remarks.
That last sentence doesn't just apply to Chappelle-Nadal but also to the president himself. She said it was in response to the way she believed Trump himself responded to the protests in Charlottesville.
Maria Chappelle-Nadal has to go.More news: Barcelona terror attack: Search for missing boy continues
State Rep. Bruce Franks, a St. Louis Democrat, released a statement saying that while he disagrees with what she said, "people make mistakes".
"And it matters not that on Sunday she expressed her regret directly to the Trumps ..." "But I am not going to shy away from what caused that anger at all, I'm not going to shy away from that".
St. Louis Dispatch editorial board agrees: Time for Sen. She has now apologized for her comment. "It's outrageous. And she should resign".
"So, Ms. Chappelle-Nadal, please do us a favor".
Her apology was also extended to her colleages in the state legislature. Democrats in Missouri, namely Stephen Webber (Missouri Party Chair) and Sen.More news: Statue of Pro-Slavery Supreme Court Justice Removed In Maryland
A number of her detractors have sent her messages laced with racist epithets, including the N-word, calling her "nappy headed", "a cotton picker", and insisting she deserves to be raped, beaten or as one user put it, "run over by President Trump's Limo".
Not everyone is behind the effort to oust Chappelle-Nadal.
Public officials have a special obligation these days to demonstrate appropriate ways to deal with the wildly controversial issues of the moment, so many of which have taken on life-or-death hues.
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