State Leaders Punish Missouri Lawmaker Who Threatened President Trump
The Missouri lawmaker who wrote on social media that she hopes “that Trump is assassinated” has lost all of her committee positions in the state senate, Fox 4 reported.
In a bipartisan move, Republican and Democrat leaders in the Missouri state senate rescinded all of the committee positions of Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
Chappelle-Nadal’s assassination remark was met with immediate condemnation from both political parties. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson both called on her to resign.
Chappelle-Nadal refused to do so, sending a Twitter message with a photo of a man flashing an ISIS terrorist group hand sign while posing for a photo with her.
On Monday, three days after making the threatening comment, she issued an apology.
“I made a mistake, and I’m owning up to it. And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like that again. I have learned my lesson,” Chappelle-Nadal said on.
Greitens and Parson called on the state senate to remove Chappelle-Nadal if she does not resign by Sept. 14.
Sept. 14 is the date of the upcoming veto session in the Missouri Senate, when a motion to expel can proceed. It would require two thirds support to pass.
“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 be anywhere in this country,” Parson told Fox News.
The Secret Service is investigating the threat.
A number of people who have made threats against the president have met with swift retribution.
Police arrested and charged an Illinois man on June 15 after he posted threats against the president on social media. Joseph Lynn Pickett posted profanity-filled and detailed threats on Facebook, which were seen by his co-workers at Lowes. The co-workers reported Pickett to the Secret Service.
Also this summer, Delta Airlines and Bank of America dropped their sponsorships for New York Public Theater after it stood by its production of “Julius Caesar,” which featured an on-stage assassination of a President Trump look-a-like.
Back in May, comedian Kathy Griffin lost her only sponsor, her New Year’s CNN gig, and all of the upcoming performances on her tour after posting a photograph of herself holding a mock bloodied and severed head of the President.