Democratic politicians and even the Democratic National Committee itself are using the mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as fundraising opportunities in the wake of both tragedies.
What are the details?
According to Townhall, presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for gun control legislation in the aftermath of the attacks, while asking for supporters to give money to Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) for their respective re-election campaigns.
“I’m heartbroken for El Paso and Dayton, and to all the families who have just endured unimaginable loss,” Warren’s fundraising plea read, before blaming gun violence on the inaction of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans.
Warren’s solicitation eventually says, “It’s clear Republicans don’t have the courage to do something about this crisis. We can’t wait for them to act — because they won’t. If we’re going to address the gun violence epidemic in our country, we need to take back the Senate in 2020.”
The closing paragraph reads, “Will you chip in today to help Democrats flip the Senate? Your donation will be split among funds that will go to the eventual Democratic Senate nominees in 23 races and Senators Doug Jones and Tina Smith.”
Fellow Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) also fundraised off the mass murders, and asked supporters to fund gun control political action committees such as the PAC formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Giffords was severely injured during an assassination attempt by a crazed gunman in 2011, and has since become a staunch supporter of gun control. She also helped the DNC fundraise off the El Paso and Dayton tragedies.
Fox News reported that the DNC sent an email to supporters on Monday, signed by Giffords, asking for donors to “split” a donation between the DNC and Giffords’ PAC.
Giffords’ email read, in part, “If Congress — specifically Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the United States Senate — fail to take action, then we must act to replace them. Because until we act, shootings like these threaten to take even more lives and tear apart even more communities.”
The Harris campaign was unapologetic when exposed over capitalizing off of tragedy. Spokesman Ian Sams tweeted, “This is disgusting. The rightwing disinformation machine is in full Attack Kamala mode. She is fundraising FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUPS. Damn straight she is going to help fund the fight against gun violence in the wake of these horrific mass shootings.”