Democratic State Sen. Martin Sandoval of Illinois was forced to sheepishly apologize on Sunday after photos surfaced online of his supporters putting on a mock assassination of President Trump at a recent fundraising event. The disgusting photos immediately went viral on social media, causing one Facebook user to simply remark: “The tolerant left.”
The event was held on Friday, and the pictures showed supporters of Sandoval acting out the murder of the president. A man is holding a toy machine gun and pointing it at another man, dressed in a Trump mask and a Mexican costume. This man pantomimes being shot, his hand over his chest and his posture that of a gunshot victim. A subsequent photo again shows the man with the machine gun, but this time he’s standing right next to the man of the hour himself, Sen. Sandoval.
In a statement on Saturday night, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker condemned the pictures, although he certainly went out of his way to miss the point.
“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.”
Uh, okay. We suppose we should be grateful that a Democrat like Pritzker could even bring himself to condemn the photos in the first place, but really? This is hardly about your stupid gun-grabbing agenda, and we’re not quite to the point where pointing a fake gun at someone is inherently “wrong.” Otherwise, we’d better get ready to shut Hollywood down, because that’s basically the box office bread and butter. No, this is wrong because it shows Democrats celebrating the idea of assassinating the Republican President of the United States. How is that so hard to say?
Sandoval himself got a little closer to the mark in his own apology: “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
Better, but still weak.
“The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late,” said Tim Schneider, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. “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.”
Oh, and we realize it gets a little old pointing this out, but take notice of how little coverage this story has gotten in the major mainstream media. Now imagine what the reaction would have been if some MAGA-hat wearing Trump supporters had been photographed play-acting the assassination of President Obama back in 2016.