President Trump has been a controversial figure, thanks in part to how the media has been portraying him since his election campaign. The unfortunate side effect of this is that he has become one of the most endangered and threatened presidents in recent history.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, a Democrat Missouri state senator wrote in a Facebook post that she earnestly was hoping that President Donald Trump would be assassinated, saying, “I truly believe [it] will happen, sooner…not later.” This comment would lead to her getting investigated by the Secret Service.
Maria Chappelle-Nadal was having a conversation with her Facebook friend in which she wrote: “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Although she would delete her post, it wasn’t quick enough. By midday, members of her own party were calling her out for her outrageous comment, and the Secret Service has begun an investigation into the matter.
“All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America – and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president,” Democrat Party chair, Stephen Webber said, adding that he believed she should resign.
Another state Democrat, Sen. Gina Walsh, said that “[She] should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment.”
Nadal later apologized after realizing she was under investigation, saying “I don’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. I was very frustrated. I put that up on my personal Facebook and I should not have. It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis.”
She said that her frustration stemmed from the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, and more specifically as a BLM supporter, that Trump was particularly even-sided in his criticisms of both sides of the violence.
Despite her regrets, this isn’t the first time Nadal has threatened someone out of frustration. In 2011, Chapell-Nadal threatened the life of another state lawmaker at a concert, saying: “If I had a knife, I’d cut your throat,” to a member of her own party – Democrat Jamilah Nasheed.
As Secret Service agents begin the investigation into her threats, Special Agent Kristina Schmidt said that although threatening the President’s life is a felony, the agent’s primary goal is to determine if there were sincere intent and meaning behind it, or whether it was just a stupid remark made in the moment.
This isn’t the first time that a public figure has called for President Trump’s assassination. Two weeks ago, Montclair State University Professor Kevin Allred Professor called for President Trump’s death, according to The Daily Caller. The university has since fired Allred.
Some have even followed through on their intentions. Anti-Trump and Bernie Sanders supporter, James Hodgkinson, opened fire at GOP members practicing for a baseball game in June. His attack left Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) critically injured.
A Democrat Missouri state senator wrote in a Facebook post that she earnestly was hoping that President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Should this senator resign?
These calls to violence are the result of a misguided understanding of the President’s comments and character. Instead of accurately reporting his words and what his intentions were, the mainstream media is twisting his comments in seeming attempt to portray him as an incompetent, racist buffoon.
The media must take responsibility for fanning the flames of the anti-Trump sentiment that has gripped the nation. In an era of such division, this biased reporting isn’t helping the situation at all.