This is just part of the new GOP normal:
Hours after a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb, Illinois state Senator Darren Bailey, a Republican, called for people to “move on and… celebrate.”
At around noon local time, Bailey, who is running for governor and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, went live on Facebook from Skokie, a village about 20 minutes south of Highland Park where he’d planned to attend a parade.
Bailey, who was standing in a group of people holding campaign signs, then said voters have to “get corruption and evil out of our government.” He ended his prayer by calling for celebrations again.
Trump-backed GOP candidate for Illinois Governor Darren Bailey releases a video regarding the shooting in Highland Park:
“Now let’s move on and celebrate the independence of this nation. We know the mission. We have got to get corruption and evil out of our government.” pic.twitter.com/5UNJJjPVig
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) July 4, 2022
Darren Bailey raffles guns to raise money for his campaign for Governor.
— Matt Martin (@MattMartinChi) July 4, 2022
Darren Bailey represents the worst of Donald Trump’s agenda. Now with Trump’s endorsement, Bailey is ready to bring the same dangerous policies to our state.
I’ve always promised Illinois will be a firewall against Trump’s destructive agenda. We will continue that fight. https://t.co/yiYUq7cdgX
— JB Pritzker (@JBPritzker) July 3, 2022
Bold prediction: His opponent is going to put big bucks behind ads running that Darren Bailey sound bite over the faces of today’s Highland Park victims and Bailey’s going to whine he was quoted out of context because it’s going to cost him tens of thousands of women voters. https://t.co/Z0SUwMGeoj
— Chicago Bars (@chicagobars) July 4, 2022
“Move on and celebrate!”
— Like Kurosawa, I Make Mad (@the_moviebob) July 4, 2022