IL Dem Senator Apologizes For Fake Trump Assassination Photo At Fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD, IL - MAY 05: Entrance to the Illinois State Capitol Building, in Springfield, Illinois on MAY 05, 2012. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Following swift bipartisan backlash, a Democratic state senator in Illinois apologized over the weekend after photos of two men posing for a mock assassination of President Trump during his fundraiser were posted on Facebook

“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval, who represents a district that includes the southwest neighborhoods of Chicago, 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.”

While Sandoval doesn’t appear in any of the offensive photos — which feature a man wearing a Trump mask and another man pointing a fake gun at the masked man’s head — the prominent state lawmaker is tagged in photos with what appears to be the man who held the fake gun. According to the local WCIA 3, the series of photos were spotted after an unnamed woman uploaded them to Facebook and tagged the senator.

The pictures were reportedly taken at a Sandoval golf outing fundraiser where attendees paid a minimum of $250 to attend.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) immediately condemned the photos in a statement to local media, calling them “insensitive and wrong,” and state leadership for the Republican and Democratic parties followed suit.

The Republican chairman, Tim Schneider criticized Sandoval’s apology as “too little, too late.”

“The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an assassination of President Trump is too little, too late,” Schneider said. “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.”

Sandoval’s office did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment.

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  1. Avatar for dave48 dave48 says:

    Well, that was pretty stupid. Jokes about assassinating Presidents never go over well. I’d ask “what was he thinking?” but clearly he wasn’t.

  2. It’s not appropriate when either side does it. I’m glad he disavowed it quickly.

  3. Idiot.

    Some things you don’t joke about. This is one of them.

  4. photos of two men posing for a mock assassination of President Trump during his fundraiser were posted on Facebook…
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    At least they should be punished like Republicans who have done it

  5. Might be a good time to check your Facebook security settings so photos that you’re tagged in don’t automatically appear on your Facebook timeline. Get a notification and have someone check them first. And if you’re already doing that, fire whoever let it get posted and kick yourself in the ass a few times.

    As for the people who posed for and took the pictures and the woman who tagged the state Senator and posted them - not helpful, not funny, not appropriate.

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