Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D) apologized Sunday after photos were published online showing someone who had attended his fundraiser pointing a toy gun at someone wearing a President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE mask and pretending to be shot.
The photos were posted online along with photos of Sandoval posing separately with the man who was holding the toy gun. Sandoval was tagged in the images, which were apparently taken at the Klein Creek Golf Club, where CBS 3 WCIA reported Sandoval had held the fundraiser.
After the images circulated and provoked outrage, including criticism from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzer, a Democrat, Sandoval released an apology.
“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” he told CBS 3 WCIA. “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”
A political fundraiser for @SenatorSandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock @realDonaldTrump decked out in Mexican garb. Looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture. pic.twitter.com/MlT9zjB1mn— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 17, 2019
It is unclear if Sandoval knew about the photos showing the man pointing the toy gun at another person wearing the Trump mask.
Pritzker condemned the incident.
“As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong,” Pritzker said. “I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.”
Tim Schneider, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said Sandoval should fire the person in the photo if they work for him or volunteer.
"It’s inexcusable for an elected official to allow the promotion of violence in any way," he said.
White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests MORE also ripped the images on Twitter, and said Democrats should be asked if they disavow the images.