Surrounded by supporters, Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Sunday said she made a mistake and was apologizing for a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination.
“President Trump I apologize to you and your family,” Chappelle-Nadal said during an afternoon press conference 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.”
The press conference was streamed live on the Facebook page of the Clayton Times, a St. Louis County newspaper.
Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, has faced calls by Missouri’s top Democrats and Republicans demanding that she resign from the legislature for posting “I Hope Trump is assassinated!” on her personal Facebook, which is not open to the public, on Thursday.
Chappelle-Nadal quickly deleted the comment. But the U.S. Secret Service’s St. Louis field office is investigating.
Chappelle-Nadal has said that she isn’t resigning over the Facebook post.
During the Sunday press conference, she said she would continue to fight for issues that are really important.
“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.”
Chappelle-Nadal said she was reminded of the kindness that has been afforded her and many others who have made mistakes in their lives. She said she was reminded that we are all human beings and no one was perfect.
“I made a mistake. And I’m owning up to it,” she said. “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.”