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Caitlyn Jenner Faces Backlash For Joke About Shooting (Photo)

Caitlyn Jenner is facing criticism after joking about the June 14 shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where congressional Republicans were practicing for an annual charity baseball game against their Democratic counterparts.

Jenner's controversial comment occurred on June 16, during a question-and-answer session at the College Republican National Committee's convention in Washington, D.C., reports Daily Mail.

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She was asked about the shooting that critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injured several others when Trump-hating gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire. Hodgkinson was fatally shot by law enforcement officers who quickly arrived on the scene.

"Nobody deserves what happened out there. There's no justification. There's crazy people, we have to minimize that kind of stuff. But as far as people that were injured, it's an absolute shame. Fortunately, the guy was a really bad shot. Liberals can't even shoot straight."

The convention was closed to the press, but a video of Jenner's remarks was shared to the College Republican Federation of Virginia's Facebook page.

Her joke about liberals caused a scattering of negative feedback on social media, including a pointed tweet by the actress Debra Messing. The star of "Will and Grace" tweeted: "OMG. This is Disgusting. Absolutely shameful."

Unfamous Twitter users also got into the act.

One of them mocked a previous tragedy involving Jenner. "Hey, [Jenner], what was the name of the person you killed because you couldn't drive straight?"

Another appeared to criticize her for using the tragedy for political ends: "I support her in her transition but her politics is another matter. So wrong!"

Others simply used the opportunity to criticize her politics, without referencing the shooting.

"She refuses to see that liberals fight for her right to live her truth while she surrounds herself with people who would strip her of it," said one Twitter user.

That sentiment was echoed by another: "It's sad watching [Jenner] defend a group that will NEVER EVER truly accept her while condemning those who fight for her rights."

The day prior to Jenner's controversial comments, the Democrats and Republicans went ahead with their baseball game as planned, only one day after the tragic shooting, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The game began with a prayer and a moment of silence for Steve Scalise and three others who were shot in the incident.

Ironically, the heightened publicity generated by the tragedy led to record-setting sales of 25,000 tickets, raising $1 million in the process.

Unfortunately for the Republicans, however, the Democrats won the game handily by a final score of 11-2.

Sources: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: U.S. Mission to the U.N./Wikimedia Commons, College Republican Federation of Virginia/Facebook

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