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Kellyanne Conway Responds To Texas Shooting

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White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has commented on the recent mass shooting in Texas that left 26 dead, saying she was "really happy" that President Donald Trump was in office during the tragedy.

During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Nov. 6, Conway accused Democrats of "pointing fingers" and politicizing the shooting to call fro increased gun control legislation, according to Politico. Conway called the response "disrespectful to the dead."

Conway also commented on tweets from comedian Chelsea Handler, who criticized the Republican response to the recent wave of mass shootings.

"Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot [and] killed," tweeted Handler, according to Raw Story. "What country? America. Why? Republicans."

"I don't know how these poor people are supposed to accept that their government watches these mass shootings and does nothing," Handler added in a second tweet. "It's so sick."

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"I'm sorry that we even have to show her Twitter comments," said Conway in her appearance. "Because it's so far beyond any type of reasonable response that anyone should have."

"People are taking to Twitter in the comfort of their very luxurious lives, pointing fingers, and as far as I can tell, never really helping in between the tweet storms," continued Conway. "Never really helped charities, never helped people to heal, never try to reach across for understanding."

Handler is reported to have supported the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Alzheimer's Association, Stand Up To Cancer, and others, according to celebrity charity tracker Look To The Stars.

"I'm really happy at times like this that President Trump is our commander-in-chief and our leader in this nation," added Conway. "Because unfortunately every president has to help heal the nation at different times, different tragedies. But the rush to judgment, particularly by people who just see politics and Trump derangement in every single thing they do, it doesn't help the victims and it's disrespectful to the dead."

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The president also dismissed arguments that the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was related to gun laws.

"This was a very deranged individual," said Trump while speaking to reporters during a trip to Japan. "We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. This isn't a guns situation."

Conway previously made headlines in February when she cited a mass shooting that never happened, which she said had been carried out by Iraqi refugees, according to The Washington Post. Conway referred to "the Bowling Green massacre" during a MSNBC interview, in which she said, "Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered."

The city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, issued a statement pointing out that there had not been a massacre in the city.

"While in 2011, two Iraqi national living in Bowling Green were arrested for attempting to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq, there was no massacre in Bowling Green."

Conway later acknowledged the error, tweeting that she had meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists," rather than "massacre."

​Sources: Raw Story, Politico, The Washington Post, Look To The Stars / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Fortune Live Media/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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