None Of The 14 GOP Presidential Candidates Have Responded To The Planned Parenthood Shooting

by EMILY ATKIN –

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28: Presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich (L-R), Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz (R-TX), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take the stage at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

Hillary Clinton

@HillaryClinton

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.

Marco Rubio

@marcorubio

Stay warm this winter with our new cold-weather bundle. Shop now and save! https://cards.twitter.com/cards/9dh7c/185vb 

Though Rubio’s tweet was likely scheduled in advance, the unfortunate timing was met with some hostility.

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Donald Trump was also tweeting during the Colorado shooting, though he steered clear of the topic entirely. Instead, he tweeted about his polling numbers and how he “cannot be bought.

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.

 

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress