Democrats are taking a page from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s playbook, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
While Americans are reeling from the horrific shooting deaths at a Parkland, Florida high school, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is fundraising off the tragedy.
Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz confessed to killing 17 people and injuring others at his former high school.
The day after the shootings, DNC chair Tom Perez sent an email to supporters for donations.
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The Daily Caller reports:
The DNC on Thursday sent out an emotional email, signed by DNC chair Tom Perez, asking supporters to sign a petition telling Congress that “it’s past time to take action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic.”
Anyone who signs the petition, which requires giving the DNC your email address and zip code, is re-directed to a donation page asking for money to “help Democrats take on the gun lobby.”
“Your contribution will benefit Democratic National Committee (DNC),” a line above the donation box reads.
Perez criticizes the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the email but does not elaborate how the shooting could have been stopped.
In his email, Perez claims the NRA is blocking policies that he says would have prevented Wednesday’s shooting — even though it’s unclear what effect, if any, those policies would have had. (The shooter, Nikolaus Cruz, bought his gun legally and passed a background check.) But that attack on the NRA sets up the request for money at the donation page.