The state senator who tweeted "fuck you" to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) last week defended her harsh choice of words, saying that "anyone who's going to get tear-gassed deserves to say a few f-bombs here and there."
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat who represents parts of Ferguson, Missouri, was tear-gassed by police last week while peacefully protesting the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
"The reason why I used profane language is because he has allowed us to get tear-gassed for three days," she said. "I am one of his senators in his party, and he was at the state fair enjoying a country concert while we were getting teargassed and shot at. And yes, anyone who's going to get tear-gassed deserves to say a few f-bombs here and there."
Nixon, amid criticism over his lack of response to the growing protests, canceled a scheduled appearance at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Although the tweets came before Nixon's visit to Ferguson last Thursday, Chappelle-Nadal said Monday that he had still not done enough to reach out to Ferguson's black community.
"He has still yet to come to ground zero," she told Fox. "He has not spoken to the people who are the victims of this crisis that we're dealing with now, and that is why I have called him a coward."
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place