KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican state senator has told his colleagues in a letter this week that he won’t vote to expel a Democrat who briefly posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s post was “intemperate and embarrassing.”
But Dixon said he wouldn’t vote to expel her, quoting the Bible verse in which Jesus asks those without sin to cast the first stone against a women accused of breaking ancient law.
Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She later publicly apologized to Trump and his family.
Twenty-three of the 33 senators would have to vote to expel Chappelle-Nadal. Republicans hold 24 seats and the Democrats hold nine.