Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway called out several Democrats for using the recent mass shootings in fundraising emails over the past several days.
While the nation mourned the loss of dozens of innocent lives in the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, some Democrats used the tragedy for self-promotion and fundraising.
“I’ll fight my heart out to make sure Democrats win up and down the ballot in 2020 — but if we’re going to beat Republicans and the gun lobby, it’s going to take a grassroots movement.
Will you chip in today to help Democrats flip the Senate? Your donation will be split among funds that will go to the eventual Democratic Senate nominees in 23 races and Senators Doug Jones and Tina Smith.”
Additionally, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a fundraising email calling for donations that would be split between the committee and anti-gun violence groups.
Conway found these fundraising efforts to be a “disgrace.” During an interview with “Fox and Friends,” she called out Democrats for politicizing the shootings for financial gain.
Watch Conway’s comments:
“Elizabeth Warren, yesterday, was raising money for Senate candidates Doug Jones and Tina Smith. She’s raising money in email appeal talking about the mass shooting. This is a disgrace and if nobody else is going to talk about it, I’m going to talk about it. The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him. And I want to name and shame them now.”
“[2020 Democrats] want to be president. He is the president. And is he trying to bring the president together and have concrete, bipartisan, bicameral steps. The red flag laws. He’s the guy who signed the Fix NICS Act into law in 2018. He did away with bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting where law enforcement says they never found a motive for that monster. And he’s denouncing white supremacy and they’re out there denouncing him. America, take a look at it and don’t forget it.”
It is unclear how this debate over the Second Amendment will impact the 2020 elections, though both Trump and 2020 Democrats seem to be pushing for change. The president seems focused on building up mental health resources while Democrats push more gun restrictions.