A Democratic state senator from Illinois has just apologized after a disturbing photo goes viral of mock assassination of President Trump at one of his fundraisers.
The secret service no doubts will not find this funny. Sen. Martin Sandoval was pictured standing next to one man who had constructed the fake attack so his apology rings hollow.
“I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event,” he said. Too late.
From The Daily Mail: The man wearing the Trump mask appears to grab his chest and lean back as if he is imitating being shot by the man holding the gun.
The performance was reportedly acted out in front of guests at Sandoval’s fundraising event, according to WCIA.
The pictures sparked outrage online and Sandoval has since released a statement apologizing for the ‘unacceptable’ actions of the guests at his event.
He said: ‘I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.’
Sandoval’s event was held at the Klein Creek Golf Club in west suburban Winfield and donors paid at least $250 to attend.
Both republican and democratic supporters have weighed in on the images, including Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker who blasted them in a statement on Saturday.
She 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.’
One of Trump’s closest aides, Kellyanne Conway, brought the pictures to the attention of her followers on Sunday evening.
She retweeted them and captioned the post: ‘Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this.’
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, said: ‘The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late.’
A political fundraiser for @SenatorSandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock @realDonaldTrump decked out in Mexican garb. Looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture. pic.twitter.com/MlT9zjB1mn
— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 17, 2019