Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is unequivocally condemning the vicious shooting committed by one of his campaign volunteers today, but he struck a different tone when Gabby Giffords was attacked in 2011.
Giffords, a former Democratic U.S. House Representative for Arizona, was the victim of a horrendous shooting that left her permanently injured, and took the lives of 6 people including some of her staffers. While the murderer, Jared Loughner, seemed to be animated by severe mental illness, Democrats used the opportunity to smear conservatives and blame unrelated right-wing rhetoric for the heinous act.
Among those on the left who shamelessly politicized the attack was one Senator Bernie Sanders.
He was so eager to cash in on the tragedy that he sent out a fundraising letter blaming threats from “right-wing reactionaries” for the attack.