There’s a truth to be told about social media, which is that no matter how quickly you take back something you say, it remains on the record.
Listen up, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappell-Nadal. I’m talking about you.
The Democratic lawmaker posted a tasteless remark on Facebook in which she said she hopes Donald Trump gets assassinated. It came down quickly. But, d’oh! A lot of folks saw it.
She might face removal from the Missouri Senate, according to that state’s Republican governor, Eric Greitens, and GOP lieutenant governor, Mark Parson. Both men said the Senate has the authority to do so. I want to join them in saying Chappell-Nadal’s colleagues should remove her as soon as possible.
I get that emotions are running high these days as they concern the president. Indeed, the president does little to calm them himself, as he fires out barrages routinely via Twitter attacking his critics. And, yes, he has a big mouth that he engages in public venues without giving much thought to the consequences of his words and the messages he sends.
None of that, however, should empower anyone to suggest that the president of the United States face the kind of threat Chappell-Nadal suggested in that heinous social media posting.
We cannot control what human beings think. We certain can deter them from saying certain things out loud, or posting them on social media.
As Lt. Gov. Parson said of Chappell-Nadal: “She is no longer fit to serve our state.”
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