White House: No form of expression justifies violence

Pamela Geller, Muhammad, Freedom of expression

The White House is condemning a shooting outside a provocative exhibit of cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

“There is no act of expression, even if it is offensive, that justifies an act of violence,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday. 

{mosads}“We have seen extremists try to use expression they consider to be offensive to try to justify violence, not just in this country but around the world,” he said. “In the mind of the president there is no form of expression that would justify an act of violence.”

The president was briefed about the incident in Garland, Texas, on Sunday night. Two men opened fire outside the event on Sunday, injuring a security officer. Both suspects were killed by police. One has reportedly been identified as Elton Simpson of Phoenix.

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