Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a state senator in Missouri, a Democrat elected from University City.
And Marie Chappelle-Nadal is full of hate.
“I hope Trump is assassinated!” Chappelle-Nadal wrote during a Facebook exchange last week.
Then Chappelle-Nadal tweeted out a Holocaust threat to Gov. Eric Greitens, who is Jewish. "Greitens should know where the Trump Train goes. At the end of the line is this place!" she wrote. The tweet showed a old picture of a Nazi concentration camp.
Leaders from her own party denounced her. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said: “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign.” Rep. William Lacy Clay, (D-St. Louis) said that "calling for the assassination of the president is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”
While Chappelle-Nadal admitted the post was wrong, she refused to resign -- or even apologize. But then the temperature got too hot as more and more Democratic leaders called for her to step down.
So on Sunday, she apologized at a well-choreographed press conference streamed live on the Facebook page of the Clayton Times, a St. Louis County newspaper.
“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family,” Chappelle-Nadal said at the Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri. “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.”
“The message that that has been sent to me by our God is that I’m here to serve as a teacher, as a translator but most of all as a servant,” she said. “I am a servant of God and I am a servant of the people that I represent. And I failed them both recently.”
“I made a mistake. And I’m owning up to it,” she added. “And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like again. I have learned my lesson. My judge and my jury is my Lord Jesus Christ.”
But the whole matter may not yet be done. Threatening the president is a federal crime, and even though she deleted her Facebook post, the Secret Service is investigating, which could cost Chappelle-Nadal her job. What's more, there's now a move on in the legislature to expel her from office -- a move so rare that state officials are researching just how it could be done.