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Lawmaker Says Unthinkable About Trump - Now She's Paying The Price

One lawmaker posted what she knew could be a problematic statement on social media, but she may not have expected this reaction.

State senators in Missouri on Wednesday agreed to discipline a lawmaker who called for the assassination of President Trump.

The 28-2 vote to censure Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was in response to her Facebook post in August. “I hope Trump is assassinated!” she wrote. The censure, the first of its kind in the state’s history, also demanded the senator’s resignation. While the Republican-controlled Senate was overwhelmingly in favor of condemning Chappelle-Nadal’s shocking statement, Missouri’s House of Representatives has not followed suit.

The Daily Mail noted that the senator posted the message following last month’s violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. A woman was killed and dozens of people suffered injuries. Chappelle-Nadal explained that she was outraged at Trump’s response to the incident. He blamed “both sides,” and argued that some “very fine people” were among those who rallied in support of a statue in a city park that memorialized Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

A Republican Missouri legislator, Rep. Warren Love, also used social media to weigh in on the national debate about Confederate symbols on government-owned property. He declared on Facebook that the person who vandalized a monument in Springfield, Mo., should be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.” The comment prompted state officials to launch an ethics review of Love, who claimed he was only suggesting that prosecutors should file charges against the vandal. The lawmaker’s critics said he revived memories of the lynchings of African-Americans.

Chappelle-Nadal, who is black, and the white Love have apologized but are refusing to step down. “Republicans have repeatedly said whatever happens to Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should also happen to Rep. Love, and Republicans have yet to stand by that,” Assistant House Democratic Leader Gina Mitten told The Associated Press.

Chappelle-Nadal, who represents part of the St. Louis area, claimed that “an overwhelming number” of her constituents do not want her to resign. “The calls I get are, ‘You did something wrong, and we stand by you,’” she said. The senator has already been removed from legislative committees, while Love continues to serve on House panels. Todd Richardson, the GOP speaker of the House, warned Wednesday that Love could lose his committee assignments, depending on the outcome of the review by the chamber’s Ethics Committee. “What’s important is that we follow our process and that we make it clear that nobody should ever be making a call to violence,” Richardson said.

The controversy concerning Confederate monuments is particularly heated in Virginia. Supporters of the Civil War-era symbols scheduled a rally in Richmond for Saturday. Local officials fear clashes between the group and anti-racism counter-protesters could become violent.

AOL noted that Richmond, which was the capital of the Confederacy, has a number of large monuments that pay tribute to Gen. Lee, Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and others. Following the Charlottesville incident, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney directed the City Commission to consider taking down the statues to prevent the community from being “threatened by white supremacists and neo-Nazi thugs.”