Caitlyn Jenner on Friday made an ill-timed joke about Wednesday’s mass shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that injured four people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
“Fortunately the guy was a really bad shot,” the former Olympian said of the gunman at a College Republican National Committee convention. “Liberals can’t even shoot straight.”
The College Republican event wasn’t open to the press, but the Q&A session with Jenner was recorded as a Facebook Live event by the College Republican Federation Of Virginia.
“Nobody deserves what happened out there. There’s no justification,” Jenner, a longtime Republican, said of the attack.
Gunman James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old Illinois man who worked as a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign and expressed anti-Trump views, was killed by Capitol police during the attack.
“There are crazy people,” Jenner continued. “We have to minimize that type of stuff. As far as the people that were injured, it’s an absolute shame. You just want them to recover.”
One irony noted by many in the wake of the attack is that Crystal Griner, a married lesbian, served on the security detail of Scalise, a known opponent of marriage equality.
During the discussion of the attack, Jenner praised her service, but downplayed the relevance of her membership in the LGBT community to the situation.
“As far as the Capitol police officer, first of all, she did her job,” Jenner continued. “She wasn’t thinking about LGBT issues, she wasn’t thinking about any of those types of things. She did her job and she did it well.”
Watch the whole video below (Jenner’s remarks on the Alexandria shooting begin about two minutes in).
Caitlyn Jenner at #CRNC2017 Gala!
Posted by College Republican Federation Of Virginia on Friday, June 16, 2017