New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang appeared to apologize for a tweet condemning the terrorist attacks by Hamas militants on Israel after public outrage by the left and some of his own supporters.
"I'm standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists," said Yang in a tweet on Monday.
Yang, who is one of the front-runners in the mayoral race, was harangued by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) about the tweet on Tuesday but by Wednesday he acquiesced and cited many other detractors in his apology.
"I spoke to a group of volunteers for the campaign yesterday, some of whom have been with me for years. Many of them were upset with my recent tweet expressing solidarity with the people of Israel in conjunction with the violence in the region this week that has claimed the lives of innocents and children on both sides," said Yang in the lengthy statement posted to Twitter.
"They felt that my tweet was overly simplistic in my treatment of a conflict that has a long and complex history full of tragedies. And they felt it failed to acknowledge the pain and suffering on both sides. They were, of course, correct," he continued.
"I mourn for every Palestinian life taken before its time as I do for every Israeli," he continued. "Suffering and pain and violence and death suffered by anyone hurts us all. All people want to be able to live in peace. We all ways that for ourselves and our children."
Despite the clarification by Yang, many of his detractors were still unhappy that he did not condemn Israel in his new statement.
"The most telling part of @AndrewYang's erasure of Palestinian human rights, is he even used his apology to to say he's choosing sides. And that side is Israel," responded one critic on Twitter.
Yang wasn't the only mayoral candidate to have public relations troubles this week. Two candidates were mocked and ridiculed after they severely underestimated the cost of housing in NYC during a candidate interview.
Here's more on Yang's flip-flop on Israel:
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