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Planned Parenthood Votes Statement on Burr’s Dangerous Call for Violence

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 10.31.16

Washington, DC –– Today, audio released by CNN shows Richard Burr calling for a photo of Hillary Clinton to have “a bullseye on it.” His comments are reminiscent of Donald Trump’s suggestion that “the Second Amendment people” might be able to do something if Hillary Clinton wins the election is able to “pick her judges.”

However, Burr went even further and, like some of his fellow Republicans in the Senate, vowed to obstruct any Supreme Court nominees appointed by Hillary Clinton, saying if she becomes president, he is  “going to do everything [he] can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court." 

Quote from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“Words matter, and calls for violence are not a joke. Richard Burr took a page right out of Donald Trump’s toxic playbook by  by seemingly condoning violence against a presidential candidate and then threatening to obstruct our system of democracy. Burr’s dangerous language is unacceptable. North Carolinians cannot elect someone who would call for violence and refuse to uphold his constitutional duty.”

 

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.