I’m just trying to collect all these quotes in one place — please comment if you know of any I’ve missed.
Dr. Alveda King: The motivation, it’s insanity, it’s rage. Race can be behind it, I’m not going to deny that, but the man who shot my grandmother… in Ebenezer Baptist Church the mother of Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down by a black man… he was outraged, he was making his statement about the times… So now this disturbed young man, I understand he’s caucasian and he shot black people and that’s not good, but evil is not just limited to color.” “It’s a lack of value for HUMAN life, you know I’m going to say that as director for African American Outreach for Priests for Life. You kill babies in the womb, kill people in their beds, shoot people on the streets, so now you go into this church where people are praying…”
Nikki Haley: “While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.” “Parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe, and that’s not something we ever thought we’d have to deal with.”
Rudy Giuliani: “We have no idea what’s in his mind. Maybe he hates Christian churches.”
Rick Santorum: This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before. It’s a time for deeper reflection beyond this horrible situation.”
Tim Scott: “…this senseless tragedy at a place of worship – where we come together to laugh, love and rejoice in God’s name – is absolutely despicable and can never be understood.”
Lindsey Graham: “Every decent person has been victimized by the hateful, callous disregard for human life shown by this individual. Our sense of security and well-being has been robbed and shaken.” (Because Graham is likely to be targeted for execution by racists?)
Dr. Ben Carson: “In my lifetime I have seen such great progress. Though racial based hate is still very much alive as last night so violently reminded us. But I worry about a new hate that is growing in our great nation. I fear our intolerance of one another is the new battle ground of evil. Today many feel it is ok to hate someone who thinks differently than you do. The left hates the right. The right hates the left. This attitude is poison. Poison that will sicken all of us.”
And for a bit of a palate cleanser:
Bernie Sanders: The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation.