At a fundraising event for Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval, the money gathered for the Democratic politicians reelection campaign was far from the highlight. One supporter, in the midst of the event, simulated “an assassination attempt” against President Donald Trump.
Mark Maxwell, an anchor at WCIA3, an affiliate of CBS, was the first to break the story. He tweeted “a political fundraiser for @SenatorSandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock @realDonaldTrump decked out in Mexican garb.” Satirical outfits for politicians is nothing new at campaign rallies and fundraisers; simulating the murder of said politician is on a whole other level. Maxwell adds that it “looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture.”
The man dressed as a ‘Mexican Trump’ is seen holding his chest and flailing in agony as if he were shot in the chest by the man with the toy firearm. It takes little to deduct that the State Senator’s supporters were staging a presidential assassination.
Both Democrats and Republicans have come out in total condemnation of these photos, as they should.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a fellow Democrat, said “as our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong. I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
Governor Pritzker was joined by the state’s Democratic Party’s Spokeswoman Maura Possley, who added “the tragedies in El Paso and Gilroy have demonstrated how hate-filled political rhetoric can fuel violence. These images are unacceptable and dangerous. The place to make our voices heard against Trump is at the ballot box.”
State Senator Martin Sandoval, responding to the universally held outrage, released a brief apology and response, saying “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
Illinois Republican Party chairman, Tim Schneider, was not moved by Sandoval’s crocodile tears, calling the apology “too little, too late.”
“The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late,” Schneider said. “Dangerous imagery like this will be condemned and seen as inappropriate by people of sound mind; however, a mentally unstable individual who wants to harm President Trump might find them as an inspiration. It’s inexcusable for an elected official to allow the promotion of violence in any way. If the individual pictured is a staffer or volunteer, they should be terminated immediately.”Tim Schneider, IL GOP Chairman
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