Trump tweets about the Pulse Nightclub mass-shooting anniversary

Donald Trump commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre on Twitter today.

49 people were killed and 58-wounded in a mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at the LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The attack officially designated a terrorist attack and a hate crime.

Here is Trump’s tweet:

It should be noted that Trump infamously used the shooting to help his election campaign in 2016. In classic Trump dysfunction, Trump’s first impulse, on finding out that dozens might be dead, was to congratulate himself:

Things didn’t get any better in the following day. Trump response to the shooting thanked the LGBT community… for what it isn’t clear:

I’m honestly not sure what to make of this. Trump is hardly Machiavelli, his motives are usually pretty transparent, so I’m not likely to chalk this up to some grand plan. Rather, the simplest explanation is usually the right one. Trump takes every opportunity he can to slam Muslims, and highlight “Muslim” terrorism, at the expense of other terrorist incidents.

For example, Trump repeatedly use the recent attacks in London to go after the Muslim mayor and push his travel ban.

Back to Orlando. Omar Mateen, the Pulse shooter, was raised a Muslim. Trump is “commemorating” the attack because it fits into his larger message about how Muslims are dangerous and evil, and we need to ban them from entering the country. That’s why Trump is tweeting about this.

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  • Daisy Castillo

    Trump seems to be taking every opportunity to make muslims seem like public enemy number 1. It’s even worse when he has the position of president. The lack of leadership is unsettling especially for a country that’s on the edge with civil issues. Rather than dousing the flames he just pours oil on it and doesn’t try to appeal to both sides of a situation. Always has to deface someone as well. His reasons to be president seem selfish and so does everything else he does. Thats not a leader for the people, just a leader for oneself.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama rebranded when he came out for marriage equality, although he did nothing real like pushing Congress to repeal Bill Clintons DOMA. “Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.

    Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.

    The results reinforce the concerns of White House aides and Democratic strategists who worried that the sequence of events leading up to the announcement last week made it look calculated rather than principled.”: New York Times By PETER BAKER and DALIA SUSSMANMAY 14, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/us/politics/poll-sees-obama-gay-marriage-support-motivated-by-politics.html

    H Clinton tried to pretend she wasn’t a bigot just before she announced for President and didn’t fool anyone except for a few who want to be fooled. “Hillary Clinton evolved on same-sex marriage within the first 72 hours of her presidential run, as her campaign said Wednesday that the former secretary of state now backs marriage equality as a US constitutional right.

    The about-face, dropped as Clinton was preparing the second of two progressive-leaning appearances in Iowa, represents a significant – if not completely unexpected – shift from her previous statements that same-sex marriage should be legislated state-by-state rather than on the federal level.” The Guardian

    Trump, who began his political life as a liberal NY Democrat has moved so far to the right that his pretense of opposing the mass murder of people from the LGBTQ communities is repulsive.

  • woodroad34

    He must be feeling good about himself after having his cabinet tell him…on-air….how terrific he is.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-cabinet-meeting-praise-best-president-roosevelt-a7786841.html

  • Badgerite

    I’m guessing someone else wrote this one. Someone who doesn’t suffer from a raging narcissistic personality disorder.

  • maildude39

    At least it’s better than his disgusting tweet immediately following the massacre last year. 😑

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