MO Democrats Strip Senator of Committee Duties, Parson Begins Expulsion Process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri Senate Democrats said Tuesday they have taken away Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's (D-University City) committee duties after she issued a controversial statement on Facebook, reports KRCG.

In the now deleted post, Chappelle-Nadal said she hoped the president would be assassinated. She said it was in response to the way she believed Trump himself responded to the protests in Charlottesville.

Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson Tuesday also called on senators to begin proceedings to expel Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal. He called for a special session during the veto session.

He sent this letter to Senators:

Dear Colleagues,

The recent inflammatory comments made by Senator Chappelle-Nadal are unacceptable and unbefitting conduct of a Missouri State Senator. I am calling on the Missouri Senate to go into special session in conjunction with Veto Session, with the purpose of expelling Senator Chappelle-Nadal from the body under the authority vested to the Senate under Article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution. I do not make this request of you lightly, but you and I know it is the right course of action to take for the people of Missouri.

Condemnation for these remarks was swift and bipartisan.  Governor Greitens, Senator McCaskill, Congressman Clay, Congressman Cleaver, and numerous others – including myself – have called for Senator Chappelle-Nadal to resign, but she has thus far refused.  I would like to thank Minority Leader Gina Walsh for her swift action to condemn the Senator’s remarks and remove her from committee assignments.

I realize what I am asking is nearly unprecedented.  The Senate has not sought to remove a member since 1945.  However, in a situation like this, we as a body have a responsibility to hold ourselves to a higher standard and draw a line against these inexcusable actions.  It is unacceptable for a public official to call for violence against the President of the United States, and there is no place in the Missouri General Assembly for a legislator who embraces such harmful rhetoric.

On August Thursday, August 17 Chappelle-Nadal said, "It's just really sad that you have a president that supports white supremacists and then someone wrote a statement on my Facebook then I responded with something that I probably shouldn't have been put up there. I deleted it, but I'm not going to shy away from that for a moment," says Chappelle-Nadal.

On Sunday she apologized to President Trump.

“I stand accused and I do, rightfully, because I made a mistake. You know what I’m reminded of, is that we are all human,” says Chappelle-Nadal. “I am not ever going to make a mistake like that again and I have learned my lesson.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber urged Nadal to resign.  “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.”

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) also said, "I condemn it. It's outrageous and she should resign."

"I just thought that was a disgrace to the state of Missouri for any elected official especially on the state level, a state senator to make any kind of comment like that. I think she should step down immediately," said Lt. Gov. Mike Parson (R).

Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh also called for resignation.  "I strongly condemn and disavow Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal's horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders is never acceptable. Her behavior has no place in our caucus, the capitol, or the democratic party," says Sen. Walsh.

Gov. Eric Greitens (R) posted this comments on his Facebook page also saying the Senator should resign.


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