Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was one of the congressmen targeted and attacked by a crazed 'Bernie bro' Wednesday at the Republican baseball practice in Virginia, but rather than take a break from politics, his political opponent decided it was the perfect time for her own attack.
"So Kelli Ward uses an email about [Rep. Steve] Scalise getting shot to attack Jeff Flake who was there trying to help him," tweeted Tim Miller, with a screenshot of the email. "All Class."
So Kelli Ward uses an email about Scalise getting shot to attack Jeff Flake who was there trying to help him. All C… https://t.co/As8nLhzFjO— Tim Miller (@Tim Miller) 1497481109.0
The body of the tone-deaf fundraising email didn't mention the shooting directly, but the subject heading read, "GOP Whip Steve Scalise shot by gunman at baseball practice."
The email read, "The #NeverTrump globalists are rallying to defend one of their most prominent members... Sanctuary Senator Jeff Flake."
"Mitt Romney and the Flake will be traveling around Arizona this weekend trying to raise money because they can see the incredible momentum that our campaign is building," it continued. "They can see the writing on the wall: people are rejecting their ‘America Last’ policies and Flake's days in the Senate are numbered.”
Kelli Ward is challenging Flake for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat after failing to oust Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a similar campaign in 2016.
Her poorly timed fundraising email attacking a Republican on the day that he was literally attacked by a gunman was not received well on social media.
Kelli Ward goes after @JeffFlake the day he's almost killed by an assassin. He aided victims in need. Her alt-right campaign is awful #AZsenpic.twitter.com/77VR4MrIzC
— Thomas Galvin (@ThomasGalvin) June 15, 2017
New low @kelliwardhttps://t.co/3xUoxig4Cz
— julie katheren (@Marsh4Senate) June 15, 2017
This is low, even by Kelli Ward standards. https://t.co/3YwhmlCI7h— Colin Duffy (@Colin Duffy) 1497493026.0
Dear @kelliwardaz -- I will assume that you didn't see this and would be discomfited by it and will disavow. If not… https://t.co/3Y45dFoJaT— John Podhoretz (@John Podhoretz) 1497481269.0
.@kelliwardaz should be ashamed of herself. Using today's shooting to justify political attack on flake. #sadpic.twitter.com/3EvhfoiSz0
— Nathan Sproul (@NathanSproul) June 14, 2017
Arizona state Rep. T.J. Shope told Arizona Central the email was “just despicable.”