Correction: The headline initially said Sanders's rally was in Charleston. It was in Washington.
At the same time a prayer service for victims of the shooting in Charleston, S.C., was held Thursday on the Capitol lawn, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally -- within shouting distance.
And there was shouting.
On a day when the national conversation is focused on the attack and victims and not presidential politics -- not to mention a day when Jeb Bush and Donald Trump said they would cancel campaign events in the key early primary state -- canceling your own campaign rally isn't a bad idea.
And that goes especially if it's going to be within eyesight and earshot of mourners.
Sanders said in a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon the attack Wednesday night was a "tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation." He also cancelled a trip to Charleston planned for Sunday, according to Politico's Gabriel Debenedetti.