Kellyanne Conway, a White House counselor, criticized liberals including actress Chelsea Handler who are demanding tougher gun controls in the wake of the church shooting in Texas that claimed the lives of 26 people on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Conway was asked for her response to a tweet Handler had made that suggested that “Republicans” are to blame for the worst mass killing in Lone Star State history. 

Handler tweeted,  “Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.” The actress went on to tweet, “I don't know how these poor people are supposed to accept that their government watches these mass shootings and does nothing. It's so sick.”

Conway told the “Fox & Friends” show hosts, “I’m sorry that we even have to show her Twitter comments, because it’s so far beyond any type of reasonable response that anyone should have.”

“People are taking to Twitter in the comfort of their very luxurious lives, pointing fingers, and as far as I can tell, never really helping in between the tweet storms,” Conway said. “Never really helped charities, never helped people to heal, never try to reach across for understanding.” She added, “I’m really happy at times like this that President Trump is our commander-in-chief and our leader in this nation. Because unfortunately every president has to help heal the nation at different times, different tragedies. But the rush to judgement, particularly by people who just see politics and Trump derangement in every single thing they do, it doesn’t help the victims and it’s disrespectful to the dead.”

There were some Twitter users who were quick to denounce the outspoken Handler. Mark Handler, who is identified as a U.S. Navy officer, wrote "The bodies aren't even cold yet and you are politicizing them. You really have a dark heart."

Handler's show-biz career recently hit a rocky patch this year, compelling her to cancel her eponymous comedy show. When she announced the cancellation, she released a statement in October saying: “Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation.” She wrote further, “For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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