Presidential Candidates React To The Paris Shootings & Hostage Situation
Paris was struck by violence Friday night between six shootings, three explosions, and a hostage situation in a night club that have left at least 100 people dead. (Update: Reports now claim about 130 people have been killed in the attacks, with ISIS taking responsibility.) The U.S. presidential candidates reacted to the Paris shootings and hostage situation, taking to Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to the victims. According to reports, gunmen with Kalashnikovs opened fire and killed several people at Cambodian restaurant Le Camboge in the 10th arrondissement. Over 80 were killed at the nightclub and performance hall Le Bataclan. French police told press that they believe all attackers are dead.
Public figures usually comment on situations like these, weighing in on the senselessness of the violence and expressing their sympathy for the victims, so its not surprising that the presidential primary candidates weighed in. Republican and Ohio governor John Kasich was the first to tweet about the incident, followed by Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush. Here's what they had to say:
Our prayers go out for the people of Paris tonight. -John— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Paris tonight.— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 13, 2015
Praying for victims of attacks in Paris and for those reportedly held hostage.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 13, 2015
The reports from Paris are harrowing. Praying for the city and families of the victims. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 13, 2015
Horrified by the attacks in Paris tonight. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris tonight. This is truly horrific.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 13, 2015
Praying for Paris tonight. America will stand with you against terror.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 13, 2015
The terrorist attacks in France tonight are alarming and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 13, 2015
My prayers are with the victims and hostages in the horrible Paris attacks. May god be with you all.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2015
Obviously the sentiments expressed are very similar, but with so little information at this point, it's hard to do more than echo what most people on Twitter are expressing right now: fear, sadness for the lives already lost, and hope for the hostages.
Update: AFP and the Associated Press are putting the death toll at 100 inside at Le Bataclan. Police raided the Le Bataclan and killed two assailants. Over 40 victims are dead from the other attacks, and French police told press that they believe all attackers are dead. There is no risk to the U.S., according to authorities.
#BREAKING Around 100 dead in attack on Paris concert venue: police— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 14, 2015
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