Missouri — The nonstop hate-fest on President Donald J. Trump is often overlooked, but today in Missouri things were different when a hater of Trump’s was reprimanded.
The state senate voted to censure one of the state’s lawmakers on Wednesday for the hate-filled comment she made last month on her Facebook page. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote that she hoped President Trump would be assassinated.
After the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Va. last month resulted in one death and more than 20 people injured, Chappelle-Nadal posted on her personal Facebook page, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
She later deleted the post, but not before a screenshot was posted to Twitter, causing both Republicans and Democrats in Missouri to call for her resignation.
Instead of ridding of her, the Missouri Senate instead voted to publicly censure her.
In Wednesday’s resolution, they again called for her to resign and warned that she could still be kicked out later.
She soon apologized for the comment, saying it was made in frustration over Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, but refused to resign.
Chappelle-Nadal had previously been removed from her committee assignments.
The Missouri House took a different course of action on Wednesday against one of their Republican members. Instead of censure, they referred a complaint against Rep. Warren Love to an ethics panel.
In August, Love shared an article on Facebook about a vandalized Confederate statue with the added comment, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope. National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO.”
This post was also taken down but still led his colleagues to call for his resignation.
“It was a harsh statement, I shouldn’t have said that,” Love said in August.
He claimed he was using old cowboy jargon but Democrats argued that his words evoked images of lynchings of black residents.
Love remains on committees, though House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that he still could be removed pending the outcome of a bipartisan House Ethics Committee review.
— Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX) August 17, 2017
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