An Illinois State Senator held a fundraiser on Friday night featuring a man pointing an automatic weapon at the head of President Donald J. Trump.
“A series of pictures posted online after a Friday night political fundraising event for state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) show an event attendee pointing what appears to be a fake assault weapon at another person wearing a Mexican costume and a mask of President Donald Trump,” according to WCIA’s Mark Maxwell.
Maxwell Tweeted photos from the event:
The fundraiser was an expensive one, costing a minimum of $250 per person, and was held at Klein Creek Golf Club, a country club in the Chicago suburbs. Chicago’s own elected officials don’t even want to spend time in their city. An attendee posted the photos to her Facebook page – apparently thinking that the mock assassination was just swell – and tagged Sandoval in the photos. Just like that, Sandoval was busted.
The incident caused fury among local Republican leaders, and was even condemned by leftist Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who of course spun the narrative to fit his political agenda.
“As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong,” Pritzker said Saturday. “I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
After the governor’s comments Sandoval, described as a “powerful state lawmaker,” issued a half-hearted apology.
“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” he reportedly said. “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider was not satisfied with the apology.
“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. 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.”
Even top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway responded via Twitter.
“Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this,” she said.
But they will not be asked, because this incident will not receive any national media coverage, despite its hideousness. If the roles were reversed, though, and this happened to anyone but Trump – say former president Barack Obama – it would be played on a loop on the cable networks until every Republican official apologized for the misdeeds of the perpetrator.
Just one more example of the political left getting away with violence thanks to their coverage in the media.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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