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Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D)
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal speaks on the Senate floor in Jefferson City, Mo. Chappelle-Nadal is running against U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in the Aug. 2, 2016 Democratic primary. The winner will be the overwhelming favorite in the heavily Democratic 1st Congressional District in November. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

A Missouri lawmaker who posted 'I hope Trump is assassinated!' on Facebook apologized


A Missouri state senator has apologized for recently voicing hope that President Trump would be assassinated.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D) on Sunday said she is sorry for her remarks about Trump last week but has no plans to resign.

“I made a mistake, and I’m owning up to it,” she told reporters during a press conference in Ferguson, Missouri. “And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like that again.”

“I have learned my lesson,” Chappelle-Nadal, who is African-American, added. “My judge and my jury is my lord, Jesus Christ.”

“You know, what I’m reminded of is that we’re all human. President Trump, I apologize to you and your family.”

Chappelle-Nadal sparked bipartisan outrage last week by writing “I hope Trump is assassinated!” on Facebook.

The Missouri Democrat has since deleted the controversial post, which ultimately led to a Secret Service probe of her remarks.

Chappelle-Nadal told The Associated Press that she informed the agency she “had no intentions of hurting anyone or trying to get other people to hurt anyone at all.”

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) and Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parsons (R) said last Friday, however, that state senators should oust Chappelle-Nadal over her comments.

Parson said he will ask senators to remove Chappelle-Nadal from office if she does not resign by the time lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to consider veto overrides.

Missouri’s Constitution says a lawmaker can be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the elected members of a chamber.

Chappelle-Nadal’s post was in response to another suggesting Vice President Mike Pence should try removing Trump from office.

The Missouri lawmaker has said she made the comment out of frustration over Trump’s response to recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump said earlier this month that “both sides” deserved blame for unrest in Charlottesville that ultimately killed one person and wounded 19 others.

Charlottesville erupted in chaos when white nationalists and counter-protesters began clashing over a Confederate statue’s removal there.

Trump’s remarks have earned bipartisan criticism for not seeming like a forceful condemnation of white nationalism.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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