The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star are in agreement: State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal needs to go.
Missouri’s two largest newspapers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star both published editorials Monday asking State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to resign her post.
Last week, Chappelle-Nadal posted on Facebook, “I hope Trump is assassinated,” a comment which immediately drew bipartisan and widespread condemnation.
Chappelle-Nadal, who represents the University City neighborhood of St. Louis in the Missouri House of Representatives, issued an apology on Sunday.
“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family,” she said.
She extended that contrition to all Missourians and her colleagues in the state Legislature.
“I am a servant of God, and I am a servant of the people I represent. And I failed them both recently,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “I have learned my lesson.”
The representative, who has invited controversy in the past, has refused to resign, however. That’s where her hometown newspaper stepped in:
There are times when unequivocal contrition should be enough to clear the air and move on. This, sadly, is not one of those times.
The Kansas City Star echoed those sentiments in an editorial also published Monday:
This isn’t complicated.
Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has to go. The Democrat from University City must do the right thing and resign her office immediately for her incendiary Facebook post expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
That is crossing a big, bright line, especially for a public official as experienced as Chappelle-Nadal. The veteran lawmaker, 42, knows better. It matters not that she promptly deleted the post, knowing full well that she had done wrong.
It’s unclear whether Chappelle-Nadal will cave to the pressure or not, but even if she doesn’t, her mere presence in the state capitol will be radioactively toxic, making it difficult for her to represent University City properly.
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