The Missouri Senate has formally censured one of its own for the first time in history. The Democrat had refused bipartisan calls for her resignation last month, after she published a Facebook post hoping for the assassination of President Donald Trump.
“I hope Trump is assassinated!” state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote on her private Facebook page at the time, in response to frustration over Trump’s refusal to condemn a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Though she quickly deleted the post, a screenshot of it nevertheless went viral.
Chappelle-Nadal’s fellow state senators voted 28-2 Wednesday in favor of the formal reprimand. She’s also been stripped of her committee assignments.
Republicans in the chamber initially wanted to expel Chappelle-Nadal, but lacked the votes to do so, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The second-term senator adamantly resisted initial calls for her resignation, though she conceded she should have never published the post.
In a conversation Wednesday with St. Louis Public Radio, Chappelle-Nadal acknowledged she may have erred morally, but she appeared to stand by the legality of her act.
“What I said politically and spiritually was wrong,” she said. “When it comes to the Constitution and when it comes to the First Amendment, that’s a different matter.”