Response to Orlando Should Be About Solutions, Not Politics

1 year ago · Press Release
by C. J. Louis

DES MOINES, IA – Last week, State Senator Brad Zaun appeared on WHO-TV and offered his comments on the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Despite beginning the interview by declaring that the discussion in the aftermath of this tragedy shouldn’t be about politics, Senator Zaun did just that, trying to bolster Donald Trump’s campaign for President instead of talking about solutions. Zaun attacked President Obama and claimed that he, “…Won’t recognize ISIS because he wants to be politically correct…” and went on to say that he knows Donald Trump will “…Be very strong with our military, which I think our military’s been cut back, and certainly he’ll have the right people and be strong in his language to ISIS to defend our country…” This is yet another example of a State Senator who is more interested in politics than solutions. Last week should have been a time for Americans to come together. Instead, Zaun took to the airwaves to complain about the President’s word choices and promote his preferred presidential candidate. His opponent in November’s race, Miyoko Hikiji, a U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard Veteran, had this to say about Zaun’s comments: “I am disappointed that Senator Zaun decided to make the Orlando shooting about President Obama and Donald Trump, instead of focusing on actual solutions to solve the problems our state and nation face from domestic terrorism, gun violence, and hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community. I believe it’s the job of a Senator to be focused on the future, to offer solutions to the challenges we face, and I will always put that ahead of scoring political points.”