Charleston shooting “an act of terrorism”
At a press briefing on Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders called the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina an act of terrorism and a “horrific reminder” that racism still exists in the United States.
“What transpired in Charleston, South Carolina last night was not just a tragedy, it was an act of terror,” Sanders said in a statement.
“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still haunts and taints our nation,” he continued. “This senseless violence fills me, and I believe all Americans, with outrage, disgust, and with a deep, deep sadness.”
“The hateful killing of nine people who were praying inside a church is a horrific reminder that while we have made in this country significant progress in advancing civil rights, we are very far from eradicating racism,” Sanders added.
Sanders, a 2016 presidential candidate, reportedly postponed a planned trip to Charleston on Sunday.
“The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one that has been attacked, burned, and rebuilt throughout its 200 year history. While their community mourns now, they will rebuild, and they will emerge stronger than before,” Sanders said.
Police arrested 21-year-old Dylann
The face of anguish after a shooter kills nine at a historic black
church in a domestic terrorist attack.