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Hillary Clinton Using Sandy Hook Victims as Political Props Just Backfired Completely

Some of her supporters are even switching sides.

After a crushing defeat in Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton’s new campaign strategy is to viciously attack Bernie Sanders. But that isn’t working out so well.

Clinton’s campaign has been attacking the gun issue since last night, casting Bernie Sanders as a friend of gun manufacturers and Hillary Clinton as a staunch advocate of gun control. But that line of attack completely backfired after her campaign team tweeted a political attack at Sanders, using the children killed in Sandy Hook as a political football:

Immediately, the comment thread for that tweet was full of angry Sanders supporters, but even Clinton supporters were disgusted, calling out the former Secretary of State for her insensitivity toward Sandy Hook victims. One Sanders supporter who had apparently been trying to convince her parents to switch their support from Clinton to the Vermont senator said the Sandy Hook tweet was what put them over the edge:

Another Clinton supporter simply pleaded with their candidate to stand down:

A Facebook post from the relative of a Sandy Hook victim was perhaps most heartbreaking of all. It featured a picture of 6-year-old Allison Wyatt, one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, with a plea for Clinton to stop bringing up the horrific shooting to smear her opponent. Other Twitter users agreed that Clinton’s Sandy Hook attack was one step too far:

Other Twitter users pointed out the hypocrisy of Clinton’s outspoken pro-gun control stance, as Clinton has a long record of selling hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American weapons to repressive Middle Eastern regimes. One Iraqi Twitter user brought up a quote from Clinton’s private server emails, in which the Secretary of State referred to war-torn Iraq as a “business opportunity” for corporate interests.

While the Sanders campaign has yet to directly respond to this particular attack, his record backs up his statements as a stalwart proponent of gun control legislation, earning him a D- grade from the National Rifle Association. Several Twitter users were quick to point this out in response to Hillary Clinton’s Sandy Hook tweet:

After the Wyoming caucus on April 9, Clinton and Sanders will meet for a debate in Brooklyn, New York, on April 14, five days ahead of the primary for the state on April 19. Clinton served as a U.S. Senator for New York for eight years, while Bernie Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn.

The New York primary is expected to turn the election for the Democratic nomination towards the winner.


Amanda Girard is a US Uncut contributor covering politics, public policy, and social justice. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Email her at [email protected]


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