Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton issued a statement condemning the assassination of British MP Jo Cox on Thursday.
“I am horrified by the assassination of British MP Jo Cox, murdered earlier today in her district in Northern England. By all accounts, she was a rising star. Her maiden speech in Parliament celebrated the diversity of her beloved Yorkshire constituency, and passionately made the case that there is more that unites us than divides us. It is cruel and terrible that her life was cut short by a violent act of political intolerance.”
“It is critical that the United States and Britain, two of the world’s oldest and greatest democracies, stand together against hatred and violence. This is how we must honor Jo Cox — by rejecting bigotry in all its forms, and instead embracing, as she always did, everything that binds us together.
The murder suspect, Tommy Mair, was heard shouting “Britain First” before he shot and stabbed her to death. This is eerily similar to the “America first” chant from Donald Trump. Britain First is a far-right, racist party in the UK.
Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two, was punched and kicked to the ground by Mair before he shot her three times, once in the head, and repeatedly stabbed her with a hunting knife outside a West Yorkshire library. She was on her way to a meet-and-greet with constituents. This is eerily reminiscent of Gabby Giffords near-death following a shooting at a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson.