Democrats Stage Mock Trump Assassination
Donors who paid $250 for a fundraiser on behalf of state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) had the chance to simulate an assassination attempt against a man wearing a Donald Trump mask. (WCIA)
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
Sandoval, a powerful state lawmaker who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and was a driving force behind the recent gas tax increase to fund the 'Rebuild Illinois' capital plan, issued an apology in an emailed statement.
"The incident that took place is unacceptable," he 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 called on Sandoval to fire the person in the photo if they were a staffer or volunteer.
Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Trump, said on Twitter Sunday night that other Democrats should be asked if they support or disavow the images.
Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this. https://t.co/7nRXtzIXqz— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) August 19, 2019