Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wished for President Trump to be assassinated during a recent Facebook chat. Followed by multiple calls for her to resign her position. She has refused to issue an apology saying that “When the President apologises, I’ll apologise,” and that “There is no way in hell that I’m resigning.” However, recent developments indictate that the choice may no longer be left up to her.
In an interview with KMOX, she said:
“There is no way in hell that I’m resigning. There are legislators who have cheated on their wives; they have smoked in the legislature, in the state capitol. If they have not been asked to resign for those acts, which I do believe that cheating on your wife or your spouse is immoral, I am not resigning for a mistake that I made and that I’m owning up to.”
Critics argue that smoking in public buildings or cheating on a spouse is a far cry from calling for the death of the president and that conflating the two is laughable.
Calls from her own party to step down have been quick in coming. Democratic Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver when interviewed by Fox said:
“About 30 seconds after she made the comment, I issued a request for her resignation. She does not deserve to be an elected official in the state that I love–Missouri. She doesn’t deserve to anywhere in this country.”
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who also serves as the president of Missouri’s State Senate, referred to Missouri’s State Constitution and the section on “contempt and disorderly conduct.” Under this clause of the Constitution, Chappelle-Nadal could face measures to expel her, if she hasn’t already resigned by September.
He said: “We had a sitting senator in the state of Missouri that asked for the president of the United States to be executed, to be assassinated. And it doesn’t matter what the last name of the president is, whether it be Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush. The office of the presidency of the United States is much larger than anybody’s last name.”
In a Tweet on Friday, he said: “The Senator needs to resign, or we’ll make the decision for her.”
The Senator needs to resign, or we will make the decision for her. pic.twitter.com/IEjyawwxwe
— Mike Parson (@MikeParsonforMO) August 18, 2017