Two months after her controversial assassination post about President Trump, Democratic Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted a meme of the President morphing (a parody of the controversial Dove ad) into Adolf Hitler. The First Amendment protects her right to express herself, but that doesn’t protect her from an outcry of consequences. Protest in both directions is part of free speech.
Screenshot of the tweet:
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed Chappelle-Nadal:
“Our president has again failed the American people,” Chappelle-Nadal said. In a later tweet on Thursday, Chappelle-Nadal said “Puerto Rico deserves to be part of a nation that will not authorize GENOCIDE on its own people.”
“I have a First Amendment right to share my opinion, and if a meme is offensive to people, they should look at the First Amendment again,” she said. “Then ask yourself why you have different qualifications for a black woman of Puerto Rican descent than other people putting up a meme with no words. It’s Twitter.”
Chappelle-Nadal said the meme had been circulating among some in St. Louis who are protesting white supremacy and inequities in policing.
“This comes from protesters in the movement,” she said. “I fully and wholeheartedly support the peaceful protesters in St. Louis.”
She also said it’s not the first time she has been critical of Trump on Twitter.
Chappelle-Nadal said she is speaking up for dozens of family members in Puerto Rico, including two great-uncles who are veterans. She said she has been unable to get in contact with her uncles since the hurricane .
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