Dem State Sen Apologizes After Photos Reveal a Mock Trump Assassination at His Fundraising Event

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An Illinois Democratic state senator is apologizing after photos of a mock assassination of President Donald Trump from his fundraiser came to light over the weekend.

Pictures from state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s (D-Ill.) fundraising event were posted on Facebook by a fundraiser attendee, which depicts a man pointing a fake gun at someone dressed as the president.

Sandoval is not present in the pictures with the mock assassination but is seen posing with the man who held the fake gun in subsequent pictures.

The event took place outside of Chicago in Winfield, Illinois, and donors paid at the least $250 to attend the event. It is not clear if Sandoval knew about the mock Trump attack.

The Illinois state senator sent out an email apologizing for the fake assassination and called the act “unacceptable.”

“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” Sandoval said. “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”

The photos of the fake assassination brought bipartisan condemnation from a slew of people, including Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

The Illinois governor blasted the photos as “lack[ing] the civility our politics demands.”

“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.”

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway demanded that each Democrat be asked if “they support or disavow this,” in a tweet on Sunday night.

“Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this,” tweeted Conway.

Additionally, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said through a spokesperson that Sandoval’s apology was “too little, too late” and that while most people would condemn this kind of picture, a “mentally unstable individual” might find it as “inspiration” to hurt the president.

“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.”

Sandoval sits as the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee chairman and has been in office since 2003.

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General Confusion
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“Please. Enlighten us about how many Democrats were targeted because of hate?
I’ll bet that you have few, if any real facts.” Allan Zabel

You are confusing. Targeted when? Never mind. I will pick a random targeted event.

Cesar Sayoc mailed bomb-like devices to quite a few Democratic leaning individuals, politicians, the WSJ, and other critics of King Donald The Loser. He is off the streets, now.

On top of this, Democratic Congress men and women wake to the FBI’s threat assessment each morning, with pictures, if they have them. That is every day.

Allen Zabel
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Apology accepted and we’ll disregard reporting on it in the MSM.
No harm, no foul. It was just a mistake.
Carry on.
Unless of course, you side with the President.
If that happens, it’s tar and feathers at midnight.
Yeah. I see how that works.

Otis
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An apology…how lame.

General Confusion
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“Obviously the plan was to inspire a few lunatics with guns to assassinate the best & most patriotic president of my life time.” Joyce Duke

I was so glad to see you voice your concerns when similar “lunatic” attacks were made against Democratic Party politicians.

Or am I just confusing you with someone who actually cares?

cheetah
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SUE!

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SUE!!

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cheetah

SUE!!!

George P
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George P

Red Flag his scumbag ass.

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