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Comedian and television host Chelsea Handler weighed in on the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, with a controversial take that quickly drew ire.
"Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in [sic] killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans," Handler tweeted Sunday afternoon.
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
This is a disgusting statement. Politicizing evil for your politcal benefit. Evil is everywhere, and America is no exception.— Runner4life05 (@JackDanielsSMTM) November 5, 2017
The bodies aren’t even cold yet and you are politicizing them. You really have a dark heart. #NastyWoman— Mark Schneider (@subschneider) November 5, 2017
Sunday's shooting at a Baptist church claimed at least 26 lives, including pregnant women and children. The suspected shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, an Air Force veteran and native of New Braunfels, Texas, according to The Associated Press. Kelley was found dead after the shooting, officials said.
This year, Handler has been outspoken in her criticism of President Donald Trump and his family. Her comment comes just weeks after she announced her intention to discontinue her Netflix talk show, "Chelsea," to “focus on projects that have significance to [her],” including “working together on a documentary where I’ll engage with people I don’t talk with enough – people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies," Page Six reported.
And that wasn’t her only tweet about the shooting.
In response to Trump’s tweet that he was “monitoring” the Sutherland Springs shooting developments from Asia, Handler tweeted that he had “no capacity to monitor anything that doesn’t involve lining your pockets.”
You have no capacity to monitor anything that doesn't involve lining your pockets. https://t.co/f6W9DteaKl— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017