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Sister of Sandy Hook Victim Slams Scott Baio for Conspiracy Tweet: He ‘Spews Hate’

The sister of a slain Sandy Hook shooting victim called actor and conservative activist Scott Baio heartless after he shared a Tweet suggesting the elementary school shooting and the recent Charlottesville, Virginia murder were both intertwined hoaxes.

Jillian Soto, who is slain Sandy Hook teacher Vicki Soto‘s sister, expressed frustration and grief over the outrageous claims of Baio and other conspiracy theorists.

“To be honest, it’s heartbreaking… My family has been attacked over and over. What people don’t understand is that no matter what they believe, every time this comes up, it rips my family apart to see my mom being attacked yet again,” Soto told the New York Daily News.

The conspiracy meme Baio quote-retweeted claimed Heather Heyer, a victim of the white supremacist rally, and a Sandy Hook victim are actually the same “crisis actor.”

Baio opted to take the post down and said he regrets sharing it:

But his regret was not perceived as legitimate by Soto. “I can’t accept an apology from someone who spews hate… His apology is not real. He personally chose to share this, then he chose to block my family [on Twitter] when we tried to defend ourselves,” she said.

Baio, who is known by most as television characters Chachi from Happy Days and Bob Loblaw from Arrested Development, has long been involved in Republican politics. He was a speaker at last year’s Republican National Convention and a outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump — which is evident from his Twitter profile picture.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma