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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden 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 SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden 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 Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor 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 SwalwellMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Swalwell pens op-ed comparing Trump impeachment to XYZ Affair MORE (D-Calif.) took a more aggressive approach, calling out President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone 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'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE (D-Texas). "We must act now to end this hatred and gun violence. May the memories of those lost be a blessing."