Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal called for reparations for former slaves on Tuesday, and took a swipe at her own party's US Senator in the same breath.
While declaring there's "no difference" between white Democrats and Republicans, Chappelle-Nadal said that "neither one of them give a heck about the black community, only the votes."
Chappelle-Nadal spoke from the Senate floor, saying that she listens to the needs of her constituents who aren't benefitting from tax cuts. She also said the black children in her district are at a disadvantage; and the senator believes reparations would help, even though she recognizes legislation supporting it would likely never pass.
Recalling her own ancestors who were slaves in the state, Chappelle-Nadal pleaded: "In Boone County, Missouri, in Callaway County, Missouri what my family contributed to making the state what it is today is incredible, and my family deserves way more than what it is getting today."
She went on to say she would like US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to call for reparations, and added that people in her district see McCaskill as a Republican.
Last year, Chappelle-Nadal came under fire after writing a Facebook post saying "I hope Trump is assassinated!" McCaskill issued a statement regarding the comments shortly thereafter: "I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign."
While Chappelle-Nadal deleted her comment after posting it, the message was up long enough for it to be shared, and she eventually apologized: "Out of my anger and frustration, I put up a post that I should not have put up. That was inappropriate for me to do so."
Calls for Chappelle-Nadal's resignation continued to come from both sides of the aisle, and even Stephen Webber, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party said, "State Sen. Chappelle-Nadal's comments are indefensible. 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. I believe she should resign."
In response, Chappelle-Nadal told CBS St. Louis: "There is no way in hell that I'm resigning. There are legislators who have cheated on their wives, they have smoked in the Legislature, in the state Capitol. If they have not been asked to resign for those acts, which I do believe that cheating on your wife or your spouse is immoral, I am not resigning for a mistake that I made and that I'm owning up to."
US Senator McCaskill is facing what is projected to be a tough reelection campaign against Missouri's current Republican Attorney General, Josh Hawley.
Fellow state senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) defended McCaskill, and expressed surprise that McCaskill would receive criticism from within her own party less than six months from Election Day. Nasheed was quoted by The Kansas City Star as saying, "I support Sen. McCaskill, 150 percent."