Republicans are sending their condolences to those affected by New Zealand’s worst-ever mass shooting, which took the lives of 49 people and wounded handful of others on Friday.
Two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, became targets during their Friday prayers when gunmen attacked the people gathered.
Three people in connection to the mass shootings are in New Zealand police custody and one is expected in court on Saturday. Additionally, one gunman praised Trump, saying he’s “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” as IJR News reported.
The “horrible massacre” left leaders sending their “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to those affected.
President Donald Trump declared that “the U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.”
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence shared his “condolences & prayers to the families of those who perished in the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
Additionally, the vice president condemned attacks toward those of faith.
We send our condolences & prayers to the families of those who perished in the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. We condemn this attack on people of faith in the strongest terms. America stands with @JacindaArdern & the people of New Zealand. God be with you
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 15, 2019
Other Republicans also stood up for those who were affected by the shootings.
“We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.
Republicans show their support in the midst of tragedy:
No one should ever be attacked or targeted for their faith, and I stand with leaders across the world in sending my support to all of those in the Muslim community during this difficult time.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 15, 2019
Heidi and I are horrified and outraged by the terrorist acts in Christchurch, which must be condemned in the strongest and most unequivocal terms. pic.twitter.com/sB8tePq8Xl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 15, 2019
Such tragic news coming out of New Zealand. It’s hard to believe that depth of hatred exists, but sadly it does. Tara and I are praying for the families & loved ones of the 49 innocent people who lost their lives.
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 15, 2019
“The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 15, 2019
It’s hard to fathom the pure unadulterated evil on display in New Zealand. I am beyond horrified by this. God be with the victims and their families. I don’t have any other words…
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 15, 2019
We mourn with the people of New Zealand in the face of such evil today. It’s clear hate has no religion, & we must all stand united against terrorism. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims, their families, & the Christchurch community.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) March 15, 2019
As IJR Red reported, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) appeared on a CNN segment where he declared that people “cannot put this on President Trump.”