Black Missouri Senator Who Made Trump Assassination Comment: 'I Am Not Resigning'

Posted August 23, 2017

In a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe and copied to Senate President Ron Richard and Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, Parson said Chappelle-Nadal's comments were "unacceptable and unbefitting conduct of a Missouri State Senator". Chappelle-Nadal wrote on August 17 on her Facebook page.

Both sides of the aisle have called for the Democratic Senator to relinquish her seat. But Missouri's Republican governor and lieutenant governor have said senators should oust her from office if she doesn't resign. The pathetic excuse that she was "angry" when she made the remark because of the ill-advised way that Trump handled the Charlottesville white supremacist terror attack is, quite frankly, a cop-out.

The state senator has one year left on her term, and will not be able to run for re-election next year due to term limits.

David Barklage, a veteran Republican political consultant, said over the weekend that he doesn't think the Senate will expel Chappelle-Nadal. I made a mistake, and I'm owning up to it, and I'm not ever going to to make a mistake like that again. It was not too long ago when comedian Kathy Griffin posted a photo of her holding what appeared to be a severed head of Trump, heavily reminiscent of the terrorist group ISIS.

"I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong", she said. "But I am not going to shy away from what caused that anger at all, I'm not going to shy away from that". U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., said calling for the president's assassination is a federal crime.

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The St. Louis newspaper predicted that if Chappelle-Nadal stayed in the Senate, she would be shunned at a minimum and expelled at a maximum.

She extended that contrition to all Missourians and her colleagues in the state Legislature.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson has said if she doesn't voluntarily step down before the upcoming veto session, he'll call for a vote to remove her from office.

Chappelle-Nadal's assassination comment wasn't just a slip of the tongue.

On Monday, three days after making the threatening comment, she issued an apology. Claire McCaskill. Chappelle-Nadal has refused to step down. As she spoke on Sunday, some of those supporters stood behind her wielding a sign that read: "We stand with Sen".