Four days ago, 66-year-old James Thomas Hodgkinson opened fire on a Republican Congressional baseball game practice in Alexandria Virginia, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others in a frenzied scene that included a long gun battle with police.
Speaking at a College Republican group in Virginia on Friday, Caitlyn Jenner was asked about the shooting and proceeded to make a joke about the shooters connection to the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, where he reportedly volunteered last year.
“Nobody deserves what happened out there,” Jenner began. “There’s no justification.”
“There are crazy people. We have to minimize that type of stuff,” she added.
“As far as the people that were injured, it’s an absolute shame. You just want them to recover,” Jenner said before she decided to make light of the situation. “Fortunately the guy was a really bad shot… liberals can’t even shoot straight.”
Jenner, a staunch Republican, has attracted fierce criticism from the LGBT community for her loyalty to the GOP and her support of President Donald Trump until his decision to took away Obama-era protections for transgender students earlier this year.
“Her comment is disgusting,” wrote Anita Tresslar.
Others took to Facebook to express their disgust with her poorly-timed joke:
— Sarah S F.MD (@RedRoadRail) June 18, 2017
Weird response…she tries to insult liberals while criticizing that no Reps were murdered. That's messed up in every way!
— Judi Linn (@judilinn) June 18, 2017
Says the person who killed someone with her car
— Laura Egger (@LauraInColorado) June 18, 2017
@Caitlyn_Jenner as a gay man who has supported you, am so disappointed in your latest "joke" about liberals not shooting straight. sad.
— Deighvid J (@flyboy5601) June 18, 2017
— It's ME! (@sfgal823) June 18, 2017
Don't take a saw to the only branch supporting you @Caitlyn_Jenner If it wasn't for us Liberals fighting for Trans you'd be run out of town.
— Penny per thought (@1centthinker) June 18, 2017
Wow. I wasn't aware the shooting was something to joke about, on either side of the aisle.
— Amy Mullen (@MinnowSF) June 18, 2017