Pressure is mounting for Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal to resign over a Facebook comment she made saying she hoped President Trump would be assassinated.
Chappelle-Nadal held a press conference on Sunday to apologize to President Trump for the since-deleted Facebook post in which she told a young man she would be visited by the Secret Service because she hoped Trump would be assassinated.
“President Trump I apologize to you and your family,” Chappelle-Nadal said on Sunday at the Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo.
“I also apologize to all the people in Missouri. And I also apologize to my colleagues in the Missouri legislature for the mistake that I made.”
Chappelle-Nadal also invoked her faith, explaining “I am a servant of God and I am a servant of the people that I represent. And I failed them both recently.”
After apologizing to Trump, Chappelle-Nadal remained defiant, saying she will not resign from the Senate.
But she may not have a choice. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and other lawmakers from both parties say they will vote to remove her from the Senate.
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson says he can and will expel Chappelle-Nadal from the Missouri legislature if she doesn't resign immediately.
“To me there [are] ways to remove her from office but what I think she should do is take responsibility for her actions in state of Missouri and resign as a state senator,” said Parson.
Last week, Chappelle-Nadal said repeatedly she would not apologize to Trump for her statement and she would not resign.