Missouri governor calls for Senate to remove lawmaker who said ‘I hope Trump is assassinated’

The governor of Missouri has called for his state’s Senate to remove the senator who called for President Donald Trump’s assassination.

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has stated that she has no intention of resigning, or apologizing, for her remarks on Facebook this week in which she said she hoped “Trump is assassinated!”

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens responded to that by saying it’s time for her to go.

Gov. Eric Greitens. Image: Google Images

“Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign,” he wrote on Twitter. “Her response: ‘Hell no.’ Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize–twice. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.”

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Chappelle-Nadal has been defiant since making the comments.

“What I wrote down on my private Facebook page, was it wrong? Absolutely,” Chappelle-Nadal told The Associated Press. “But I am going to continue to talk about the anger and the frustration that led to that.”

“I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong,” she said.

“By our president saying things such as he does, supporting white supremacy and the Nazis and KKK, it’s causing a lot of trauma,” the state senator added.

Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal speaks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo. Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat who was among the those tear gassed by police while protesting with her constituents in Ferguson, Mo., spoke passionately about being involved in protests after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old man. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Democrats Stephen Webber, the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, and Sen. Claire McCaskill have also called for Chappelle-Nadal to leave office.

“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,” Webber said.

In an interview with CBS News Sen. McCaskill called Chappelle-Nadal’s comments “outrageous” and said “She should resign.”

It would take 23 senators to vote to remove Chappelle-Nadal in order for her to be kicked out of the state Senate.

Republicans currently hold 25 of the 34 seats.

And with no support coming from Democrat colleagues she appears to be in a tenuous position.

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