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2020 Dems condemn bigotry, gun violence after synagogue shooting

2020 Dems condemn bigotry, gun violence after synagogue shooting

Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 condemned anti-Semitism and gun violence following a fatal shooting at a synagogue in Poway, Calif. on Saturday. 

One woman was killed and three people were injured in the attack, and a suspect was taken into custody. The Democratic candidates expressed their sorrow, and their support for the victims.

"Jill and I are devastated to hear about today’s shooting at the Chabad Poway synagogue. No one should have to worship in fear," former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE said in a tweet. "As a country, we must speak out against bigotry and gun violence. We’re in the battle for the soul of this nation—and it’s on all of us to act." 

"Another horrific shooting at a place of worship, today at the Poway Synagogue in San Diego County," wrote Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), who is Jewish. "We must work every day to eradicate all forms of hatred and bigotry, and take serious action to protect Americans from gun violence."

"Yet again a place of worship is the target of senseless gun violence and hate," tweeted Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA call to action for strategic space competition with China Old-guard Democrats must end the filibuster and symbolic progress Biden job approval at 43 percent in Iowa: poll MORE (D-Calif.). "Anti-Semitism is real in this country and we must not be silent - enough is enough," she added. "My heart aches for the Chabad of Poway synagogue and the Jewish community. "

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) took a more aggressive approach, calling out President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE's offer of "thoughts and prayers."

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"Spare us your thoughts and prayers. It’s an alibi for inaction," he tweeted while replying to a tweet from President Trump earlier. 

"You told the NRA yesterday you’d keep dangerous guns in the hands of dangerous people. We will take it from here with action," he added, referencing the National Rifle Association. 

Spare us your thoughts and prayers. It’s an alibi for inaction. You told the NRA yesterday you’d keep dangerous guns in the hands of dangerous people. We will take it from here with action.

Trump, who had given a speech to the National Rifle Association on Friday, had earlier offered "thoughts and prayers" to people affected by the shooting and praised law enforcement's handling of the case. 

"Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California," Trump tweeted. "God bless you all."

"This Shabbat brings another deadly attack on Jews, at worship, on American soil," wrote South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE, noting that Saturday was also the Jewish sabbath. "Whenever anyone comes to harm because of their faith, we are all diminished. We cannot rest until hate has no home."

"Heartbroken by the gun violence at Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover. I stand with our Jewish neighbors and their freedom to practice their faith without fear," tweeted former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report O'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor MORE (D-Texas). "We must act now to end this hatred and gun violence. May the memories of those lost be a blessing."