A Democratic state senator from Illinois has issued an apology for staging a mock assassination of the President at one of his fundraisers.
The secret service no doubts will not find this very funny. Sen. Martin Sandoval was pictured standing next to a man who had constructed the fake attack so his apology rings hollow.
“I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event,” he said. A bit late though.
The Daily Mail reported that the man wearing the Trump mask appears to grab his chest and lean back as if he is imitating being shot by the person holding the gun.
The performance was reportedly acted out in front of guests at Sandoval’s fundraising event, according to WCIA.
Pictures from the performance sparked outrage online and Sandoval has since released a statement apologizing for the ‘unacceptable’ actions of the guests at his event.
“I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.” He said.
The event was held at the Klein Creek Golf Club in west suburban Winfield and donors paid at least $250 to attend.
Both republican and democratic supporters have weighed in on the images, including Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker who blasted them in a statement on Saturday.
“As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong.” She said.
“I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
One of President Trump’s closest aides, Kellyanne Conway, brought the pictures to attention and posted them for her followers on Sunday.
She retweeted them and captioned the post: “Every Democrat should be asked if they support or disavow this.”
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, said: “The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late.”