“We want to have our largest fundraising day in the history of our organization and we need your help to achieve this success,” they wrote.
Limbaugh, a conservative talk radio host, said Monday that the Democratic Party is “a party that seeks to profit out of murder.” He added that the political left “openly wishes for such disaster in order to profit from it.”
In today’s fundraising e-mail, Sanders noted that the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is one of several violent acts against Democrats.
“What should be understood is that the violence, and threats of violence against Democrats in Arizona, was not limited to Gabrielle Giffords,” Sanders wrote. “Raul Grijalva, an old friend of mine and one of the most progressive members in the House, was forced to close his district office this summer when someone shot a bullet through his office window. Another Democratic elected official in Arizona, recently defeated Congressman Harry Mitchell, suspended town meetings in his district because of the threatening phone calls that he received (Mitchell was also in the cross-hairs on the Palin map). And Judge John Roll, who was shot to death at the Giffords event, had received numerous threatening calls and death threats in 2009.
“In light of all of this violence — both actual and threatened — is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?”
In an interview Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Grijalva decried Arizona’s relaxed gun laws for feeding an atmosphere of fear. Further illustrating his point, he noted a Facebook posting made by a border patrol activist in Arizona that indicated not everyone was reacting in disgust to the Giffords shooting.
“Right in the aftermath of this tragedy, somebody who is famous for their anti-immigrant and gun issues posted a comment that said it’s too bad it wasn’t Grijalva,” the Democrat said.
Meanwhile, other elected officials seized on the weekend tragedy as justification for improved gun safety laws.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.