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Missouri lawmaker censured over social media post on Trump

Maria Chappelle-Nadal (Source: Missouri General Assembly) Maria Chappelle-Nadal (Source: Missouri General Assembly)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state senators have voted to formally discipline a colleague who posted on social media that she hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination.

Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal removed the comment from her Facebook page the same day she posted it last month and apologized. She has said the remark was made in frustration over Trump's response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The comment was met with bipartisan calls for her to resign, but she hasn't stepped down.

Some of her colleagues released statements in regards to Wednesday's decision.

“The recent comments made online by one of our state senators was not only unacceptable, but it threatened the integrity of the Senate. Expressing a desire for violence against the President is egregious, unfitting, and unbecoming conduct for a senator. We had hoped Sen. Chappelle-Nadal would realize the seriousness of her statements, take responsibility for her words, and resign on her own accord. However, since that was not the case, the Senate moved for censuring the senator effective immediately. The censure also urges her to resign or face possible expulsion in the future.” Senate Leader Ron Richard – R, Joplin District 32

“Censuring a sitting member has never been done in the history of the Missouri Senate. It is not something the Senate takes lightly. If Sen. Chappelle-Nadal was doing the right thing for her constituents, she would have resigned. Demonstrating a disrespect for the democratic process has no place in the Missouri Senate.” - Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City District 6

Various Republicans have said senators should oust her if she refused to step down. But that didn't happen Wednesday.

Instead, the Republican-dominated state Senate voted to publicly censure her. In a resolution, they again called for her to resign and warned that she still could be kicked out.

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