She soon deleted the post but not before copies of her comment went viral on social media, including Twitter.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said in a statement, “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
Chappelle-Nadal said she would not resign.
Stephen Webber, the Missouri Democratic Party Chair, said in a statement, “State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible. 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. I believe she should resign.”
The Senate Democratic Causus is condemning the comment. Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said, “I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable. There is too much rancor and hate in today’s political discourse, and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way represent the constituents of the 14th District or the great State of Missouri.”
The U.S. Secret Service told KMOX News it is taking the threat seriously and is investigating it.
Special agent in charge of the Secret Service in St. Louis, Kristina Schmidt, told KMOX there is no forum on social media, in letters or in person, that make it okay to make threats against the president.
Missouri Senate majority leaders also issued statements condemning Chapelle-Nadal’s comment.
“As I said earlier today, I fully support the strong statement made by Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh condemning the comments from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal. Those types of threatening statements will not be tolerated in the Senate, and I believe she should resign,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin District 32.
Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, District 6, said, “In a time when we should be calling for peace, promoting violence of any kind is unacceptable, and I’m asking her to resign from her position.”