Trump-backed politician Darren Bailey says it’s time to ‘move on’, hours after Chicago massacre

Just a few hours after a mass shooting that left six dead people and injured at least 30 others in the US state of Illinois, one of the gubernatorial candidates said it was time to “move on”.

“The shooter is still at large, so let’s pray for justice and then let’s move on and celebrate this nation’s independence,” Bailey said in prayer at an event in Skokie, about 20 minutes away.

Darren Bailey said people should “move on” after the Chicago massacre that took place hours earlier. (AP)

“Bless us and protect us as we spend our day celebrating the most amazing country.”

He apologized for his comments shortly after.

“I am heartbroken by today’s tragic events and by the pain and loss felt by so many,” he said in a statement.

“My intention was to pray for the victims and those affected by today’s tragedy and that the shooter will be arrested and prosecuted without further loss.”

After the shooting, Bailey’s opponent, JB Pritzker said “prayers alone will not end the terror of rampant gun violence” in the United States.
JB Pritzker is running for re-election as Governor of Illinois.
JB Pritzker is running for re-election as Governor of Illinois. (AP)

“If you’re angry today, I’m here to tell you to be angry,” he said.

“While we only celebrate the 4th of July once a year, mass shootings have become our weekly tradition.”

The suspect named in the Chicago shooting has since been taken into custody.

Republicans believed Chicago’s rising murder rate would put the gubernatorial race within reach in the November election.

Darren Bailey is leading a conservative campaign to become governor of the progressive state of Illinois.
Darren Bailey is leading a conservative campaign to become governor of the progressive state of Illinois. (AP)

But Bailey’s nomination has created a serious headache for the party in the Democratic-leaning state.

Bailey, who hails from a downstate area near Kentucky, has focused her campaign on looser gun regulations, criminalizing abortion and opposing COVID-19 safety measures.

The right-wing politician was backed by Donald Trump, who lost the state by over a million votes in 2020.

Bailey won the Republican primary in a landslide last week.

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