A Missouri lawmaker penned a Facebook comment on Thursday in which she expressed hope for the president to be assassinated.
“I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post,” Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal told the Kansas City Star. Many commented on her post, and Chappelle-Nadal wrote back to one of the comments, stating, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
The comment came two days after President Trump doubled down on blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally.
“I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not,” Chappelle-Nadal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis.”
She said that people are becoming increasingly scared of white supremacists.
“There are people who are having nightmares. There are people who are afraid of going out in the streets. It’s worse than even Ferguson.”
She swiftly deleted the comment, but screen captures of it quickly circulated, and soon, others in government condemned it and called for her resignation.
The Secret Service are looking into the comment, the Washington Post reports.