2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE REFERS TO S.C. CHURCH SHOOTING AS “ACCIDENT”
|| By FITSNEWS || Former Texas governor and 2016 “Republican” presidential candidate Rick Perry – no stranger to “oops” moments – offered up a doozy on Friday in response to this week’s deadly church shooting in downtown Charleston, S.C.
Referring to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s attempt to turn this deplorable “Holy City Massacre” into another gun-snatching campaign, Perry inexplicably referring to the brutal, premeditated killing of nine black parishioners at the Mother Emanuel AME Church as an “accident.”
“This is the M.O. of this administration anytime there is a accident like this,” Perry told Newsmax TV, referring to Obama’s comments.
Wait … what? Accident?
Perry then proceeded to launch into a discussion about how the real issue associated with the killings was the abuse of prescription drugs.
“It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used,” Perry said.
Perry’s aides attempted to clarify his comment after the fact – saying he clearly meant to say “incident” – but the damage was done.
Obviously we agreed with Perry’s criticism of Obama’s nakedly political anti-Second Amendment push … and we’re willing to accept that this was a slip of the tongue on his part. And there is evidence the gunman in the attack – 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof – abused drugs. In fact this website was one of the first in the country to report on that side of the story.
But still … Roof deliberately planned his attack with the apparent intention of setting off a “race war.” Hard to pin that one on the drugs.
More to the point, the “accident” gaffe is exactly the sort of boneheaded mistake Perry didn’t need in his effort to be taken seriously as a credible contender this go-round.
“The one presidential candidate who cannot make a mistake did just that Friday,” Patrik Svitek of the Texas Tribune noted.
Yup … a big one.