The photos were taken at a political event on Friday night, WCIA reports.
They show an individual wearing a Mexican costume and donning an oversized Trump mask.
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Another supporter of the Democrat state lawmaker is seen holding a “fake assault weapon” — and actually pointing it at the president.
The faux Trump then clutches his chest as if he’s been shot. He’s then shown leaning back and bending forward as if simulating an assassination.
Images were posted to social media by a woman who tagged Sandoval.
While it’s unclear whether he knew about all the details of the incident, Sandoval can be seen in one of the images posing with the man who wielded the prop gun.
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
“Why is this OK? I am sickened,” one woman said after posting one of the images. “Democrats are so unhinged and so violent, it makes us sick.”
Sandoval, for his part, insisted the incident was not OK and offered an apology.
“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t condone violence toward the president or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said the apology was “too little, too late” and insisted that if those involved in the incident are staffers or volunteers, they “should be terminated immediately.”
Many on the Left — ranging from educators to lawmakers to Hollywood actors — have made assassination threats against the president in the recent past.
Shouldn’t those on the intolerant Left examine their own words and deeds?
In 2017, a teacher from Dallas, Texas, was put on leave after video surfaced of her imitating a shooting of Trump with a squirt gun. She actually yelled “Die!” while her students looked on in confusion.
That same year, a Missouri state senator posted on social media, “I hope Trump is assassinated.”
— Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX) August 17, 2017
And in 2018, Broadway star Carole Cook asked, “Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?”
With all their talk that Trump is responsible for inciting violence, perhaps it’s time that those on the intolerant Left examined their own words and deeds.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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