In an interview with Steve Malzberg’s Newsmax TV program on Friday, Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C. an “accident.”
“This is the M.O. of this administration, any time there is an accident like this — the president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message,” Perry said in response to President Barack Obama’s Thursday remarks, according to a video posted by RWW blog.
Perry then went on to say that Dylann Storm Roof, the alleged shooter who confessed to the killing, may have been unduly influenced by drugs. “Also, I think there is a real issue to be talked about. It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.”
He may have been referring to a theory the conspiracy website Infowars posted about on Thursday that postulated Roof may have been taking a drug called suboxone, which supposedly causes personalities to change and prompt violent outbursts in its users.
Perry also called the incident “a crime of hate.”
h/t Raw Story