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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 10:27 IST

'Get over it': Trump delivers provocative remarks 36 hours after shooting incident rocks Iowa

Former US President Donald Trump received backlash after he urged a gathering in Iowa to “get over” the deadly high school shooting incident that struck Iowa.

Former top Obama adviser says if Trump prevented from running it 'would rip the country apart.'
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Iowa: Former US President Donald Trump received backlash after he urged a gathering in Iowa to “get over” the deadly high school shooting incident that rocked that US state. While addressing his supporters at a campaign event in Sioux Center in Iowa, Trump called the incident “horrible”. While he offered sympathies and emotional support for the victims of the shooting incident, he urged people to move forward. Trump's provocative proclamation came 36 hours after the state was rocked by a shooting incident which ultimately led to the death of a sixth-grader.

“It is terrible to see that happening, it’s just horrible – so surprising to see it here. But we have to get over it. We have to move forward," Trump said in the Friday rally. This is not the first time Trump attempted to deflect talking about the rising cases of gun violence in the United States. During an address in April last year, the former US President argued that the long history of deadly school shootings in the US is “not a gun problem”. He went on to blame Democrats, mental health issues, marijuana and even transgender community for the rise in deadly attacks. 

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The backlash that followed 

The provocative remarks by the business mogul turned politician were criticised by the Democratic Super Pac American Bridge. “We knew Trump lacked empathy for others, but no one thought he could go this low and tell Iowans to simply ‘get over it’ as they grieve from a situation communities across the country know all too well,” the American Bridge presidential campaigns communication director, Brandon Weathersby, said in a statement. “This is beyond the pale, even for Trump,” he remarked. The former US President has made several campaign stops in Iowa ahead of the Republican presidential primary caucuses on 15 January. The former US president is seeking to get back to the Oval Office despite the fact that he is facing 91 criminal charges for trying to overturn the 2020 US Presidential election results. Trump is also grappling with civil litigation over his business practices and a rape allegation deemed “substantially true” by a judge.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 10:00 IST

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