Trump expresses condolences over Perry shooting, ‘but we have to get over it’

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Former President Donald Trump kicked off a rally in northwest Iowa on Friday sending his “support and deepest condolences” to the families and victims “moved by the horrific school shooting” in Perry.

“To the entire community, we love you, we pray for you, and we ask God to heal and comfort, really, the entire state,” Trump said at the get-out-the-vote rally in Sioux Center.

“We truly are with you as much as anyone can be. What happened is a very terrible thing. “It’s just terrible,” the Republican presidential front-runner said. “That’s just horrible. “It’s very surprising to see it here.”

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“But we have to get over it. We have to move forward,” the Republican front-runner said. “To all the family members and all the people who are devastated right now, to the point that they can’t breathe, they can’t live, we are with you every step of the way.”

Seven students and staff were injured and an 11-year-old student died. Thursday when a 17-year-old student opened fire at Perry High School. The school principal was among those injured.

The gunman, a 17-year-old student, died from a self-inflicted gunshot woundthe police said.

Trump spent the rest of his nearly two-hour speech criticizing Democratic President Joe Biden, as well as Republican presidential opponents Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He also highlighted trade deals he made with Mexico and China when he was in the White House, measures to curb illegal immigration and support from foreign leaders.

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