A Democratic state senator is being investigated by the Secret Service after she wrote on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
The Secret Service confirmed it is "looking into comments" made by Missouri Sen. Marie Chappelle-Nadal on her personal Facebook page, the Daily Mail reported. She reportedly wrote, "I hope Trump is assassinated!" in a comment thread.
Chappelle-Nadal said she posted and deleted the comment on Aug. 17 out of frustration with Trump's reaction to the white supremacist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, which resulted in the death of one counter protester.
While the state senator admits she should not have posted the comment on her personal Facebook account, she insisted that she was using her right to free speech.
"What I wrote down on my private Facebook page, was it wrong? Absolutely," she told The Associated Press. "But I am going to continue to talk about the anger and the frustration that led to that."
Some of Chappelle-Nadal's colleagues have condemned her comments on Facebook, and have even called for her resignation.
"I condemn it. It's outrageous," said Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is the state's senior senator. "And she should resign."
Missouri Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh called Chappelle-Nadal's post "horrible," while Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber said they were "indefensible" and that the party "will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president."
Republicans in the state have also called for Chappelle-Nadal's resignation, but the St. Louis native said she has no plans of doing so.
"I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong," said Chappelle-Nadal, who was a prominent voice during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of Michael Brown by police officers.
Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan said in a statement that all threats made against the president, vice president and other protected officials are investigated "whether they be direct, implied, or comments in passing."
Trump took to Twitter on Aug. 18 to call out Democrats for not being tougher on security.
"Homeland Security and law enforcement are on alert & closely watching for any sign of trouble. Our borders are far tougher than ever before!" the president tweeted. "The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop!"
"Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary!" Trump continued. "The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!"