None Of The 14 GOP Presidential Candidates Have Responded To The Planned Parenthood Shooting
by EMILY ATKIN –
Approximately 10 hours after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, only two presidential candidates have issued statements expressing support for either the three victims or the women’s health organization.
Of the 17 candidates, only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have put out public statements in response to the massacre, which lasted approximately five hours and resulted in the deaths of one police officer and two civilians.
Today and every day, we #StandWithPP. https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/670341297601978369 …
As of Friday night, none of the 14 Republican candidates had mentioned the shooting. President Obama has also not issued a formal statement, though White House officials released a statement on Friday afternoon saying that Obama had been briefed on the situation.
The lack of response from presidential candidates may have been because of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, some candidates tweeted about other topics as details of the shooting unfolded Friday evening.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), for example, sent out a tweet about his campaign merchandise.
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Though Rubio’s tweet was likely scheduled in advance, the unfortunate timing was met with some hostility.
Shortly after the shooting suspect was apprehended, Trump also released a statement insulting a New York Times reporter he had made fun of earlier in the week. The reporter suffers from a physical disability.