Missouri Senate Ready To Expel Lawmaker Who Threatened Trump’s Life
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson informed a state Democratic lawmaker who threatened President Trump’s life to resign by September 13 or the state Senate will move to expel her.
Parson, a former sheriff who also serves as the president of Missouri’s State Senate, pointed to a section of the Missouri Constitution that relates to penalties for lawmakers guilty of “contempt and disorderly conduct.”
The Senator needs to resign, or we will make the decision for her. pic.twitter.com/IEjyawwxwe
— Mike Parson (@MikeParsonforMO) August 18, 2017
Missouri Democratic State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal called for the assassination President Donald Trump last week in a Facebook post that stated: “I hope Trump is assassinated!” during an exchange with a left-wing activist who claimed a family relative was a Secret Service agent.
According to The Springfield News Leader, Parson stipulated that Chappelle-Nadal must resign by September, the date of the upcoming veto session, or deal with expulsion from the Senate. (RELATED: Missouri Senator: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’)
Missouri Democratic and Republican lawmakers called for her to resign from her seat, including most recently Democratic Missouri Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver.
“I’m not going to do something that I haven’t heard many Republicans do on the air or in private. Anyone who labels anyone or any group of all races unless that is the purpose of the group, I disagree with it. A state senator here in Missouri called for the assassination of Donald Trump,” Cleaver said on Fox News Saturday.
“About 30 seconds after she made the comment, I issued a request for her resignation. She does not deserve to be an elected official in the state that I love–Missouri. She doesn’t deserve to anywhere in this country.”
USA Today reported Missouri Democratic. Sen. Claire McCaskill criticized Chappelle-Nadal, saying, “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.” Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay also denounced the Facebook post.
Missouri State Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh called the comment “horrible” and said her behavior has “no place in our caucus.”
Statement from Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh: pic.twitter.com/ocIFWO8Vvx
— Senate Democrats (@MoSenDems) August 17, 2017
Despite the mounting pressure to step down, Chappelle-Nadal responded that she has no plans to resign from her seat.
I am not resigning. When POC are respected by this WH & they are willing to do real work, I’ll sit down with them. People are traumatized! https://t.co/rmsL4pQSTg
— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) August 18, 2017
The Secret Service in St. Louis said they were looking into the issue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.