Boehner: Connecting Museum Attack With DHS Report Exploits Tragedy For Political Purposes

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Among the chief critics of a recent Department of Homeland Security report on right wing extremism was House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who, after the report was released said, “The report that came out of DHS was offensive, and unfortunately, Secretary Napolitano still has a lot of explaining to do.”

After it became clear that the suspect in today’s deadly shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum is the sort of right wing extremist that report warned about, I put in a call to Boehner’s office to ask whether the tragedy had made him reconsider his earlier criticisms.

Here’s the Republican Leader’s response: “Trying to exploit this awful tragedy to score political points – from the right or the left – is simply grotesque. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

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