By Steve Neavling
The Secret Service is investigating a Missouri state senator after posting on Facebook that she’s hopes someone assassinates President Trump.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal commented on her personal Facebook page, “I hope Trump is assassinate.”
The Democratic senator deleted the post, which prompted an investigation by the Secret Service.
Chappelle-Nadal told the Kansas City Star that she made the comment because she was frustrated with the “trauma and despair” the president is causing by minimizing the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“The way I responded this morning was wrong,” she told The Star. “I’m frustrated. Did I mean the statement? No. Am I frustrated? Absolutely. The president is causing damage. He’s causing hate.”
Chappelle-Nadal eventually deleted the post.
“It was wrong for me to post that,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “But I am not going to shy away from the damage this president is causing.”
Trump has caught criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for blaming “both sides” and “many sides” for the violent rally that ended in the death of an anti-racist protester who was among a group of people struck by a car driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer from Ohio.