Pritzker Speaks Out After Mock Trump Assassination Photos Surface From Sen. Sandoval’s Fundraiser

Craig Dellimore
August 19, 2019 - 1:18 pm
State Senator Martin Sandoval and photo posted on social showing a man in a Donald Trump mask clutching his chest, and another man pretending to shoot him

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor Pritzker is speaking out about photos taken at an Illinois State Senator’s political fundraiser that shows a fake assassination of President Trump.

The photos posted on Facebook and Twitter show a man in a Donald Trump mask clutching his chest and another man pretending to shoot him. They were taken at a fundraiser for State Senator Martin Sandoval. 

Sandoval has apologized for the pictures, saying the incident was unacceptable. He doesn’t condone violence against the President or anyone else.

Governor Pritzker has said pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong, and doubled down on those comments on Monday.

"In this moment, especially, political stability is important," Pritzker said. "We also live in a moment when we have seen gun violence proliferate. I think it was important for me to speak out about it; important for Sen. Sandoval, as he did, to speak out about it."

Governor Pritzker said Senator Martin Sandoval was right to apologize for the photos taken at his fundraiser and posted on social media. 

But Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said Sandoval’s apology is too little, too late. He said some unstable individual could find the photos to be an inspiration.