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Friday, August 18, 2017 1:00 am

Missouri official deletes Trump assassination post

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president's response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she was wrong for writing the post and didn't mean what she said, but she refused calls to resign. She said she wrote “I hope Trump is assassinated!” in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office.

“What I wrote down on my private Facebook page, was it wrong? Absolutely,” she said.

The post drew a swift rebuke, including calls from top Democrats for her resignation.

LePage links 9/11, Confederate sites

Taking down statues of Confederate figures is “just like” removing a monument to victims of the 9/11 attacks, Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday, adding that the white nationalist and far-left protesters in Charlottesville over the weekend were “equally as bad” and “disgusting.”

“How can future generations learn if we're going to erase history? That's disgusting,” he said. “To me, it's just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that.”

Ivanka's rabbi criticizes Trump

The rabbi who oversaw the conversion of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka to Judaism issued an open letter to Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a synagogue on New York's Upper East Side, in which he castigated the president for his remarks.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and anti-Semitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK and alt-right,” read the letter, published by New York Magazine and signed by rabbis Chaim Steinmetz, Elie Weinstock and Haskel Lookstein. Lookstein presided over Ivanka Trump's conversion ahead of her 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew.

“While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in response to this act of violence,” the letter said.