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Top Democrats call for lawmaker's resignation

Top Democrats call for lawmaker's resignation

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and other top Missouri Democrats called Thursday for the resignation of fellow Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator from University City, for posting a Facebook comment stating: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was apparently engaged in a conversation with a liberal Facebook user who claimed to have a cousin in Trump's Secret Service detail.

Chappelle-Nadal's comment has since been deleted but the senator told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "I didn't mean what I put up". Chappelle-Nadal referred to the comment as a "mistake" and said that she is "owning up to" it.

Missouri state Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh condemned Chappelle-Nadal's comment.

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Later in the thread, in response to another commenter, she wrote: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"

St. Louis Field Office of the Secret Service is investigating the comments, according to U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan.

"Out of my anger and frustration, I put up a post that I should not have put up", Chappelle-Nadal said. She was specifically frustrated with the domestic terror attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Chappelle-Nadal replied, "When the President apologizes, I'll apologize".

He says Chappelle-Nadal has a long history of making "irresponsible statements", and that calling for the president's assassination "is a federal crime". In 2014, she said on MSNBC of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., "This is our race war". "I believe she should resign". I have deleted it, and it should have been deleted, but there is something way more important that we should be talking about. The Democrat later deleted that message and told St. Louis Public Radio that she shouldn't have written it. Special agent in charge of the Secret Service in St. Louis, Kristina Schmidt, says there is no forum on social media, in letters or in person, that make it okay to make threats against the President. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Sen. She said it is never acceptable to support or suggest violence against anyone, especially elected leaders.