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Senate censures Chappelle-Nadal for Trump assassination comment

Maria Chappelle-Nadal (Twitter)

State senators on Wednesday formally reprimanded a colleague for a Facebook post in which she said she hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination.

The Senate censured Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, by a 28-2 vote. She posted and then deleted a comment on a Facebook conversation in August that said she hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination.

Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, told the Senate she had apologized three times and that constituents have asked her to stay on.

Gov. Greitens had called for her resignation shortly after the comment was reported.

"Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. 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."

Chappelle-Nadal already has been removed from all of her committee assignments. The censure motion indicates the chamber's formal disapproval of her actions but does not further impact her role. Shortly after Chappelle-Nadal made her Facebook comment, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who serves as the Senate's presiding officer, vowed to call for a special session to remove her if she did not resign. On Tuesday, Parson tweeted not enough senators supported the idea.

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