REP. ROSEN DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM REP. PERRY FOR PEDDLING A CONSPIRACY THEORY AROUND THE OCTOBER 1 SHOOTING
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) led a letter with Nevada Senators Cortez Masto and Heller and Reps. Titus and Kihuen to Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) demanding he apologize for peddling an unsubstantiated, reckless conspiracy theory regarding the October 1 shooting last night on national TV.
“I’m proud to have members of our delegation stand together to condemn Congressman Perry’s insulting comments,” said Rosen. “Congressman Perry’s decision to push a false conspiracy theory last night on national TV about the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history is despicable and wildly irresponsible. He should know better than to peddle a poorly-sourced conspiracy theory. His comments add more pain to this tragedy and it undermines the hard work of our local law enforcement in Clark County. Congressman Perry owes the victims, their families, and our first responders an immediate apology.”
Read text of the letter here or below:
January 19, 2018
The Honorable Scott Perry
1207 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Perry:
We write to request an immediate apology for your insulting comments on cable television last night, suggesting without evidence, and contradicting the assessment of law enforcement, that the October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas was linked to international terrorism, specifically placing the blame on ISIS.
When a 64-year-old gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 of our friends and neighbors on October 1st, he initiated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Your words, whether you intended them to or not, add more pain to this tragedy and insult the memories of those lost.
Lacking any basis in truth, last night you said on a national television broadcast: “Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the United States they would attack Las Vegas … and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times. Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection … lone gunman. Again, something’s not adding up.” You were unable to present any corroborating evidence for your claims when pressed to do so.
We echo the sentiments of Catherine Lombardo, attorney for many of the victims, that there is absolutely no evidence of terrorist involvement, and if you have any, you should come forward to share your findings with law enforcement. Barring that, you owe the victims of the shooting, the families of those killed and injured, the brave first responders and medical professionals who saved countless lives, and the entire Las Vegas and greater Nevada community an apology for your baseless and outrageous remarks. You also owe a separate apology to law enforcement for directly impugning their honor and suggesting they are lying to the American public.
Your conspiracy theory does disrespect to the Congress and your position it, and only a sincere apology can rectify the damage you have caused. Therefore, on behalf of the 58 innocent Americans killed in the attack, the more than 500 injured, their family, friends, and loved ones, and the community and nation that mourns them, we demand you apologize immediately.
We look forward to your prompt response.
Member of Congress
Cc: Speaker Paul Ryan, Leader Kevin McCarthy