As leftists like Robert “Beto” O’Rourke pontificate about white nationalism and gun control, the Democrats are dealing with their own forms of political violence.
A group of supporters attending a fundraiser for Democratic Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval were caught on camera this week enacting a fake execution of President Donald Trump. One of the supporters appears dressed in Mexican clothing and a Trump mask while another points what appears to be a fake, gold-plated Tommy Gun at the President’s head. Each attendee paid $250 to attend the senator’s event.
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
It isn’t clear if Sandoval knew about the stunt, according to local outlet WCIA, but he is pictured posing at the same event with the man who held the gun.
The state senator issued an apology after a wave of condemnation from social media users and fellow politicians alike.
“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” Sandoval said in a statement, according to local media. “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who was himself the victim of a politically-motivated attack in 2017, called on Democrats at large to condemn the violence within their own party.
“I am glad [Sandoval] took ownership, and said he was wrong,” Scalise told Fox News. “What disappoints me is that you don’t see any kind of outrage from the left. You don’t see any of our presidential candidates on the left… denouncing it. And that’s really where it should start. The leadership at the top of the Democratic Party has been noticeably silent.”
The Democratic Party of Illinois issued a statement condemning the fake execution but failed to mention the recent mass murder in Dayton, which was carried about by a member of the Democratic party and an Elizabeth Warren supporter.
“The tragedies in El Paso and Gilroy have demonstrated how hate-filled political rhetoric can fuel violence,” Maura Possley, a spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Illinois, said. “These images are unacceptable and dangerous. The place to make our voices heard against Trump is at the ballot box.”
The 24-year-old man who murdered 9 people and injured 27 others in Dayton, Ohio, expressed radical support for Democratic party politics, according to the Washington Examiner.
The registered Democrat’s now-suspended Twitter bio read, “he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.”
The man condemned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and said in another tweet, “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
He also expressed support for gun control, tweeting in 2018, “This is America: Guns on every corner, guns in every house, no freedom but that to kill.” He also tweeted to Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on the day of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, “@robportman hey rob. How much did they pay you to look the other way? 17 kids are dead. If not now, when?”
Politically motivated violence, it seems, isn’t limited to the right side of the aisle.