Not only were the photos a mock assassination of the president, but they also were taken during Democratic state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s (D-Ill.) political fundraising event over the weekend.
As IJR Red previously reported, the images portray a man holding a fake gun toward the president.
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
While Scalise is glad that the state senator condemned and apologized for the photos, he told Fox News late Monday, “What disappoints me is that you don’t see any kind of outrage from the left.”
He continued to call out 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, as well as Democratic leadership, for not denouncing this hatred against Trump:
“The leadership at the top of the Democratic Party has been noticeably silent, and I think that’s really the big take away from this is that they’re encouraging it, they’re okay with it, and it’s dangerous. It needs to stop.”
The Republican lawmaker called on both sides of the aisle to “step up” whenever any violent acts, like this, occur “wherever it’s coming from.”
“It’s wrong either way,” Scalise said, adding, “You don’t see the left condemning it.”
Watch Scalise’s interview below:
Even though the Democratic state senator says he didn’t know about the mock assassination taking place during his event, Sandoval apologized for it, labeling the photos “unacceptable.”
“I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else,” Sandoval initially said in an email. “I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) August 19, 2019
Additionally, Illinois Gov. of J.B. Pritzker (D) called the photos “insensitive and wrong” amidst the “nation [grappling] with the epidemic of gun violence.”
The photos also drew a response from the White House. White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway called for every Democrat to be “asked if they support or disavow this.”