What was the Accusation?
On August 17, 2017, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal caused quite a stir when she responded to a Facebook post that argued Vice-President Pence should try to have President Trump removed by posting “I hope Trump is assassinated!” The post was later deleted, but not before it garnered a great deal of attention from many, including from Missouri Governor Eric Greitens who said: “Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. Her response: ‘Hell no.’ Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize twice. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should. Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, whose position makes him head of the MIssouri Senate, argued he would work to expel Chappelle-Nadal: “To me there is [sic] ways to remove her from office but what I think she should do is take responsibility for her actions in state of Missouri and resign as a state senator. I have the ability and right to call on my fellow senators to have her expelled from the Missouri Senate, which I plan to do if she does not resign by the veto session…You’re held to a higher standard if you like it or not. That is what we do. If we don’t hold ourselves to that higher standard, we’re doomed to fail.” At a press conference, Chappelle-Nadal expressed her apologies to President Trump, the people of Missouri, and her colleagues in the state senate. She also bolstered herself by suggesting she would continue to fight hard for her issues and emphasized her relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ.
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