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Plouffe: GOP comments on Trayvon Martin case 'hard to stomach'

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In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," senior Obama adviser David Plouffe said that Republican critics of President Obama's comments about the Trayvon Martin shooting were "appealing to people's worst instincts.”

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"I don't think there's very many people in America that would share that reaction," he said after being played clips of Rick Santorum and Gingrich criticizing the president. "The Republican primary has been a little bit of a circus show and a clown show, and those two comments are really irresponsible.

"I think the president spoke movingly about this tragedy as a father (and) make it clear there's investigations going on," he said. "I think those comments are hard to stomach."

In an interview with the conservative talk show host Sean Hannity last week, Gingrich accused the president of injecting race into the incident and said Obama’s statement that "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon” was “disgraceful.”

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