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ICYMI: Perry's 'accident' oops

In Potomac in the Pines

By Potomac
June 20, 2015 at 8:16 p.m.
Updated June 20, 2015 at 10:19 p.m.


Former Gov. Rick Perry on Friday characterized this week's massacre at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, as an "accident" during an interview with Newsmax, saying President Barack Obama was using the situation to push a gun control agenda. On MSNBC, he suggested psychiatric drugs could be to blame.

The comments sparked a social media backlash against Perry, who is making a second attempt to secure the GOP nomination for president after a mistake-filled run in 2012. It also drew the inevitable comparisons with the "oops" moment during a presidential debate that characterized his last campaign.

On Friday, his campaign quickly clarified that Perry meant to say "incident" rather than "accident," and on Saturday at a social conservative event in Washington (photo above), Perry made clear the Charleston massacre was a hate crime.

The Texas Tribune summed it up this way: "The one presidential candidate who cannot make a mistake did just that Friday."

Perry is set to appear Sunday on Fox News Sunday.

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