The comment, which came in a string of posts in which Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was chatting with other people, has since been deleted. In the back-and-forth someone brings up that they would get a visit from the Secret Service, to which Chappelle-Nadal responded: “No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!”
Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she wrote the comment.
“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated,” Chappelle-Nadal told the newspaper. “Things have got to change.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) condemned the post and told the Post-Dispatch that she believes Chappelle-Nadal should resign from her post.
“I condemn it,” McCaskill said. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
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Chappelle-Nadal told the newspaper that her comment was a result of her frustration over the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend—where a white supremacist rally sparked counterprotesters to gather in the small town. A 32-year-old woman was killed when a person with suspected neo-Nazi ties slammed his car into a group of counterprotesters.
“I put that up on my personal Facebook and I should not have,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis. I have deleted it, and it should have been deleted, but there is something way more important that we should be talking about.”