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Trump’s Tweet Commemorating The Pulse Shooting Backfires

Not the reaction he was expecting

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On Monday, hundreds of mourners returned to Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida where one year ago, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured another 68. The now-shuttered LGBT nightclub was surrounded by dozens of people dressed as angels while survivors hugged and recalled the events of that tragic night. President Trump marked the anniversary with a tweet honoring those who died.


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But his remembrance rang hollow given his initial reaction to the shooting one year ago.

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Trump used the tragic event to praise himself for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism.” At the time of the shooting, Trump was rightfully criticized for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the United States after the ISIS- inspired San Bernardino, California shooting the previous December. Trump’s self-praise was ill-informed, being that a travel ban wouldn’t have prevented the Orlando shooting because Omar Mateen was born in the United States.

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Most, if not all, of the Pulse victims were members of the LGBT community, a group that Trump has failed to support after claiming that he’d be a “friend.” His administration revoked protections for transgender students and he is considering a “religious liberty” executive order that would legalize LGBTQ discrimination. Trump’s choice for Vice-President, Mike Pence, was also a slap in the face to the LGBT community. Pence has a long-history of supporting anti-LGBT policies and once said that gay couples signaled a “societal collapse.”

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On the last day of May, Trump issued five separate proclamations choosing June to honor Caribbean-American heritage, African-American music, homeownership, the outdoors, and the ocean. But he failed to mention LGBT Pride Month, breaking a tradition set by president Barack Obama.

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