Some folks just seem to have a bad, incurable case of diarrhea of the mouth, or in the 21st century, maybe it’s diarrhea of the finger tips?
Anyway, the point is, some people seem to think that everyone in the world needs to hear their deepest, darkest thoughts on just about anything and everything, whether they like it or not. Others lack the ability to think through the things they say and just let it all fly in a brilliant fireball of self-expression that ends up destroying everything in its path.
A Democratic senator from St. Louis, who was censured by the Missouri Legislature for a Facebook post hoping Trump is assassinated is just such an individual.
You’d think after being reprimanded she’d avoid participating in the same kind of behavior a second time, right? I mean, that would be the wise course of action, correct?
Unfortunately, it seems Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.
via Yahoo News:
A Democratic senator from suburban St. Louis who was censured by the Missouri Legislature for a Facebook post that hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination said Thursday that she stands by her new tweet comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted a meme on Twitter that shows Trump taking off a shirt. By the time the shirt is off, Hitler’s face is revealed in place of Trump’s.
The meme, which she tweeted Thursday, is a parody of a much-criticized Dove body wash ad that shows a black woman removing her brown shirt to reveal a white woman underneath in a light-colored shirt. Dove apologized for the ad, which many social media users called racist.
Chappelle-Nadal told The Associated Press that she shared the meme because she was upset by Trump’s tweets early Thursday suggesting Puerto Rico must take on more responsibility for its recovery from Hurricane Maria. The senator, who is black and whose mother is from Puerto Rico, said she still has not heard from some of her other relatives on the island.
“So this is very personal to me,” she said.
She insisted that she is “not repeating the mistake I made two months ago” when she wrote on her personal Facebook page, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
“I still have a First Amendment right, and I still have a family I need to fight for,” Chappelle-Nadal told the AP.
It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if her tweet of the Trump meme will cause backlash similar to the kind sparked by her August assassination post, which she deleted and apologized for amid calls for her to resign.
The state Senate formally reprimanded her in September in a bipartisan 28-2 vote that also renewed a call for her to resign.
I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that Chappelle-Nadal has a right to free speech. However, having the freedom to speak your mind without censorship doesn’t mean that a society comprised of other individuals who have freedom of speech won’t criticize you for your thoughts and beliefs.
Or that there might be professional consequences for your actions. People get fired all of the time for saying insane things on Facebook and Twitter.
Free speech means you can say what you want, but not that you can say what you want with no consequences. So, while you have the First Amendment, it’s a right that should be exercised with forethought.