Attendees to Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval’s political fundraiser were able to carry out their Trump assassination fantasies this week.
If some Republican senator would go and do this they would have been outraged and calls for resignation would be all over the mainstream media.
But he is a Democrat and as usual this story would never hit the front pages.
“A political fundraiser for Senator Sandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock Donald Trump decked out in Mexican garb. Looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture,” WCIA3 reporter, Mark Maxwell said in a Twitter post.
The pictures have sparked outrage on both sides of the aisle, with Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker blasting them in a statement Saturday night.
“As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong,” Pritzker said. “I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
Sandoval released a statement on Sunday, apologizing for the incident — which he called “unacceptable.”
GOP members were calling on Sandoval to punish the people involved in the mock assassination, saying his words weren’t enough.
“The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider.
“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,” Schneider added. “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.”
Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s top aides, brought up the pictures on Twitter Sunday night.
“Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this,” she tweeted.
Social media users tagged Secret Service to alert them to what they perceived as a threat to President Trump.
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