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After Photos Showed a Mock Trump Assassination Attempt, Democratic State Senator Is Forced to Apologize

Fundraising event featured a presidential lookalike while someone else pointed a fake gun — outrageous

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Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D) was forced to apologize after photos surfaced at a fundraiser this past weekend showing a mock assassination of President Donald Trump.

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.

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.

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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.

“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.”

And in 2018, Broadway star Carole Cook asked, “Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?”

“Pirates of the Carribean” star Johnny Depp, as well as disgraced comedienne Kathy Griffin and has-been musician Madonna, have all made their own threats against the president.

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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