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Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D) apologized on Sunday after internet photographs depicting someone who had attended his fundraiser pointing a toy weapon at someone wearing a President Trump mask and pretending to be shot.
The pictures were posted online along with pictures of Sandoval posing with the man holding the toy weapon separately. Sandoval was tagged in the pictures that appeared to have been taken at the Klein Creek Golf Club where Sandoval held the fundraiser reported by CBS 3 WCIA.
Sandoval published an apology after the pictures circulated and provoked outrage, including criticism from a democrat, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzer.
“It’s unacceptable the incident,” he told reporters. “I do not condone violence against the president or anyone else. I apologize at my case for something like this.”
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
Whether Sandoval knew of the pictures depicting the man pointing the toy gun at another individual wearing the Trump mask is uncertain.
The incident was condemned by Pritzker.
“As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong,” Pritzker stated. “I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairperson, said that if they work for him or volunteer, Sandoval should shoot the individual in the picture.
“It’s inexcusable for an elected official to allow the promotion of violence in any way,” he added.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also ripped the images on Twitter, saying that if they disavow the images, Democrats should be asked.