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LEADING IN SYMPATHY

US presidential candidates react to the Paris attacks on social media

Rescue workers help a woman after a shooting, outside the Bataclan theater in Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country's borders. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
AP Photo/Thibault Camus
Rescue workers help a woman after an attack outside the Bataclan theater in Paris.
By Alice Truong

Deputy editor

This article is more than 2 years old.

As the terrorist attacks unfolded in Paris tonight, many US presidential candidates took to social media to express their condolences and offer prayers to the victims, their families, and their city.

While Trump kept politics out of his statement today, a tweet of his from January about gun control—a reaction to the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo—made the rounds again on Twitter.

Bernie Sanders went on Facebook to say: “We are all horrified by the cowardly attacks against innocent civilians in Paris. I offer my sympathy to the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of France, the first friend of the United States.”

Lindsey Graham’s remarks echo those of president Barack Obama, who called the events an attack “not just on Paris, not just on the people of France” but “on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”

Not all the candidates have weighed in publicly. Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie have not yet issued public statements via Twitter, Facebook, or their websites.

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