Presidential candidates provide condolences following lethal Sri Lanka assaults – ThinkProgress

A number of 2020 presidential candidates expressed condolences Sunday following a collection of horrific assaults on church buildings, accommodations, and different vacationer websites in Sri Lanka.

“The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep,’” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted early Sunday morning. “On a day meant for celebration, so many households in Sri Lanka are devastated, and my coronary heart breaks together with theirs. There’s completely no justification for this.”

The assaults, which befell simply earlier than 9 a.m. native time, left greater than 200 individuals useless and at the least 450 others injured. Worshippers attending Easter providers at church buildings in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa had been among the many victims. In accordance with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “a number of U.S. residents” had been included within the record of fatalities.

The assaults focused the area’s minority Christian inhabitants, in addition to visitors staying in a number of luxurious accommodations.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) despatched prayers to the victims and their households Sunday morning. “Easter is a reminder that there’s hope and rebirth even within the darkest of occasions. We should do not forget that immediately, greater than ever,” she tweeted. “I’m horrified by the assaults in Sri Lanka, the place so many households had been celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their family members.”

Harris’ feedback echoed remarks she made in March, following a lethal assault on two mosques in New Zealand. On the time, Harris known as for the worldwide group to “condemn hate & communicate out in opposition to intolerance.”

Easter is a reminder that there’s hope and rebirth even within the darkest of occasions. We should do not forget that immediately, greater than ever.

I’m horrified by the assaults in Sri Lanka, the place so many households had been celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their family members.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 21, 2019

Rep. Tusli Gabbar (D-HI) additionally expressed grief over the assaults.

“My coronary heart is with Sri Lanka […],” she tweeted. “On a day devoted to like & peace, might we keep in mind Jesus Christ’s message of affection – for God & for one another – as we decide to defeating hate with love.”

My coronary heart is with Sri Lanka on this #EasterSunday, w/a whole lot killed & wounded in a horrific assault as they gathered in prayer. On a day devoted to like & peace, might we keep in mind Jesus Christ’s message of affection – for God & for one another – as we decide to defeating hate with love.

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 21, 2019

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) additionally expressed disappointment over the assaults, with Klobuchar tweeting that “non secular freedom is a human proper that can by no means be defeated by hate.”

Gillibrand tweeted individually, “Nobody ought to concern violence after they come collectively in worship, anyplace on the earth.” In earlier remarks following the New Zealand assaults, the New York senator equally tweeted that she wouldn’t settle for “a world the place persons are murdered due to who they’re and the place they worship—whether or not it’s mosques in Christchurch, an AME church in SC or a synagogue in PA.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), was additionally fast to supply his ideas on the Easter Sunday assaults. “No particular person ought to must concern for his or her life of their place of worship. We should work to convey this world collectively round our widespread humanity,” he wrote.

Our hearts exit to the victims and households of the horrific assaults in Sri Lanka. No particular person ought to must concern for his or her life of their place of worship. We should work to convey this world collectively round our widespread humanity.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 21, 2019

Former Secretary of Housing and City Growth Julian Castro tweeted a message to the victims Sunday afternoon.

“On a day of redemption and hope, the evil of those assaults on Easter worshippers and vacationers in Sri Lanka is deeply saddening. My prayers immediately are with the useless and injured, and their households. Could we discover grace,” he wrote.

On a day of redemption and hope, the evil of those assaults on Easter worshippers and vacationers in Sri Lanka is deeply saddening. My prayers immediately are with the useless and injured, and their households. Could we discover grace.

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 21, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is anticipated to announce he’s operating this week, had not commented publicly on the assaults on the time of publication.

The one Republican operating in opposition to President Donald Trump responded with a three-tweet thread, expressing shock and horror.

“Nothing can match the horror of this cold-blooded, calculating slaughter of innocents on such a holy day. The perpetrators are subhuman cowards and have to be held totally accountable for the tragedy they’ve brought about,” stated former Massachusetts Gov. Invoice Weld.

President Trump, initially tweeted his condolences to the victims of the Sri Lanka assaults Sunday morning, however mistakenly said that 138 million individuals had been killed (the inhabitants of Sri Lanka is about 22 million).

President Trump tweets (then deletes) declare that 138 million individuals had been killed in immediately’s Sri Lanka explosions. Our newest reporting states that the blasts killed greater than 150 individuals, with a whole lot injured. https://t.co/1zf3ns3qKG pic.twitter.com/6IL9Wq0zDn

— Jennifer Hassan (@GuinnessKebab) April 21, 2019

He deleted that tweet after 20 minutes, changing it with one reflecting the variety of deaths reported on the time.  He then instantly pivoted again to defending his popularity in opposition to the revelations within the particular counsel Robert Mueller’s report, launched on Thursday.

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