Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t getting a pass for his most recent slip up – he’s a Republican after all.
When Perry criticized President Barack Obama for exploiting the gun control issue during his address on Wednesday’s Charleston church massacre, he referred to the mass shooting as “an accident.”
An aide to Perry has since said that the Republican presidential hopeful “misspoke” when he made that remark.
“This is the MO of this administration,” Perry said Friday on Newsmax’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
“Any time there is an accident like this, the president’s clear. He didn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.”
Shortly after the interview was published, Micah Grimes, ABC News social media editorial manager, tweeted:
In Newsmax interview, Rick Perry used “an accident” in referring to Charleston shooting; aide says Perry meant “incident” – @ArletteSaenz
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) June 19, 2015
From the day she announced her candidacy, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been shrouded in controversy. They include questionable donations made to the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state, her destruction of tens of thousands of emails kept on a private server and her refusal, so far, to submit to a serious interview.
Yet the media, for the most part, has given her a pass.
This isn’t Perry’s first misstep. During a GOP presidential debate for the 2012 election, he said he would get rid of three federal agencies if elected president, but couldn’t recall the name of the third.
“I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone,” Perry said at the November, 2011 CNBC debate. “Commerce, Education, and the — What’s the third one there? Let’s see.”
It came to him 15 minutes later — the Department of Energy.
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