A Democratic State Senator in Missouri is under investigation by Secret Service and has been called to resign after posting on Facebook that she hopes Donald Trump is assassinated.
Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state Senator for Ferguson, made the comment on Thursday after Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence which occurred during the Charlottesville white supremacist rally.
“I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post,” she told the Kansas City Star. As the post received many comments, she responded to one with, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
Soon after she made the post, Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and explained her words were not meant to cause harm.
“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not,” Chappelle-Nadal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis.”
“There are people who are afraid of white supremacists,” she added. “There are people who are having nightmares. There are people who are afraid of going out in the streets. It’s worse than even Ferguson.”
The Secret Service said it is “looking into the comments.” They also said that all threats made against the president, vice president, or any protected individuals are treated as threats whether they are serious or made on a personal platform, reported the Washington Post.
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