Lt. Governor Issues Ultimatum To Lawmaker Who Wanted Trump Assassinated

Lt. Governor Issues Ultimatum To Lawmaker Who Wanted Trump Assassinated

Last week, Missouri Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Facebook, “I hope Trump is assassinated!” She deleted the tweet, but not before it got out there and was spread around. The calls for her resignation reverberated on both sides of the political aisle after the incendiary tweet. Now, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, is giving her an ultimatum… resign by the date of the upcoming veto session (Sept. 13) or face expulsion from the Senate. Works for me.

“We had a sitting senator in the state of Missouri that asked for the president of the United States to be executed, to be assassinated,” Parson said. “And it doesn’t matter what the last name of the president is, whether it be Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush. The office of the presidency of the United States is much larger than anybody’s last name.” He’s absolutely right. He should also mention that Chappelle-Nadal is a Marxist, a racist and a big supporter of Black Lives Matter. She should never have been elected in Missouri to begin with.

From News-Leader:

Chappelle-Nadal has said she was frustrated about Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has compared herself to other previous transgressors.

“Legislators cheat on their wives and are not asked to resign,” she told the News-Leader on Thursday. She did not respond to an inquiry Friday but was active on Twitter, sharing posts of solidarity and what appeared to be racist messages sent to her over Twitter.

Parson was not impressed by Chappelle-Nadal’s response.

“Her attempts to deflect criticism and avoid the blame are unacceptable,” Parson said while reading from a statement. “She may have been angry when she wrote those words, but anger is not a valid excuse. The comments she made are indefensible.”

Parson referred to a section of the Missouri Constitution pertaining to punishment for lawmakers guilty of “contempt and disorderly conduct,” then gave Chappelle-Nadal an ultimatum: Resign by the date of the upcoming veto session (Sept. 13) or face expulsion from the Senate.

“It is my hope that she will heed to the calls to resign, rather than force her fellow lawmakers to make the decision for her,” Parson said.

Here is context on what she actually said:

In a subsequent interview with the Post-Dispatch, Gagné said that wasn’t a reference to assassination, but to his earlier-stated belief that Vice President Mike Pence will use the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to have Trump removed from office.

“Damn,” Gagné then wrote, “now I’ll probably get a visit from the secret service smdh.”

Chappelle-Nadal responded: “No. I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!”

Parson is the current president of the state Senate in Missouri and has been a state Senator himself. He was just one voice calling for this vile person to resign. Missouri Democratic Party chair Stephen Webber had this to say: “All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America—and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president,” Webber said. “I believe she should resign.”

Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh also strongly denounced her actions, saying that Chappelle-Nadal “should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Promoting, supporting, or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable,” Walsh added.

Chappelle-Nadal told the News-Leader “Hell no!” when asked whether she’d resign or not. I don’t care how angry she is over Charlottesville or how frustrated she is that her racist agenda can’t be implemented… she stepped way over the line on this one and needs to be removed from office.

Parson also said Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office had been asked to provide a legal opinion of the section in the state constitution on expulsion, which says two-thirds of the Senate could vote for expulsion of another member. If they do it, it would be the first time in the history of Missouri that it happens. Parson says if there was ever a time to do it, now’s the time. The Missouri Constitution also allows the House and Senate to arrest, fine and jail its own members (with maximums of $300 and 10 days, respectively).

Federal law makes it a crime to threaten the President. She should be held to account for the threat just like anyone else.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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