Following the controversy surrounding her call for Donald Trump’s assassination, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal was met with numerous calls to step down — including from fellow Democrats, like U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Congressman Lacy Clay. And Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor and Governor have both joined in, as well:
If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) August 18, 2017
But Chappelle-Nadal plans to stay put.
“No. Absolutely not. I told people if there are legislators cheating on their wives and smoking marijuana in their offices and they’re not being asked to resign, but I am for a mistake I made and owned up to,” she said.
She did delete the comment and acknowledge it was wrong, but she says she won’t apologize:
“When the president apologizes for calling women the things that he does, I will apologize,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “When he apologizes for all of the statements he’s said on behalf of white supremacists and the KKK and neo-Nazis; when he apologizes, I’ll apologize. But I’m owning up to my mistake, which is something this president is unwilling to do.”
As noted in our previous article, her comments are being investigated by the Secret Service. And she’s taking some serious heat for her comments — particularly on social media. On Twitter, she’s retweeting some of the nastier responses she’s getting. She also caused a further uproar with this retweet:
State senator who called for POTUS assassination now suggesting that Missouri's first Jewish governor is headed to Nazi concentration camps. pic.twitter.com/xPRIglk07c
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 18, 2017
In fairness, I’m not certain the fact that Governor Greitens is Jewish factored into the intent of the original tweet, or of Chappelle-Nadal’s retweet. It may simply have been intended as a dig at Trump given the furor over his comments on Charlottesville and a warning to Greitens regarding the political cost of supporting him. But it certainly didn’t help matters.
To be clear, Chappelle-Nadal’s comments regarding the President (regardless of my dislike for him) were way out of line and the calls for her to step down are both understandable and appropriate. The threats of violence and racist comments being levied at her are NOT. This ties back into my post from yesterday about where I stand. Two wrongs never do make a right.