Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Offer Contrasting Responses to Orlando Attack

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Presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offered contrasting responses to the terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early on Sunday morning.

“For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad,” Clinton said in a statement released by her campaign. “That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.”

She also said that it was an “act of hate” and noted that it took place during Pride month.”To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear,” she said. “Hate has absolutely no place in America.” She added that “we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals.”

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On Twitter, Trump wrote, “Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?”

He later tweeted, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism. I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” Bernie Sanders also released a statement. “All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando,” he said.

“At this point we do not know whether this was an act of terrorism, a terrible hate crime against gay people or the act of a very sick person, but we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones and our thoughts are with the injured and the entire Orlando LGBTQ community.”

Update: Trump’s campaign released a lengthier statement Sunday afternoon, calling on President Obama to resign.

“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.

“If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.”

The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, was a U.S. citizen born in New York.

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  1. Richard says:

    Trump did not say obama is siding with the terrorist maybe his inaction is while he and hillary continue to turn a blind eye to the radical islamics terrorists and continue to blame americans and guns. They are angry because trumps is forcing this sad excuse for a president to act and forced the criminal and hopefully soon to be prison inmate to say radical islamics whens she said in December that she’d never say it. Obama was never qualified to be president as the condition of the country and world proves and the only people running who are not quality is hillary, and sanders who’s only achievement was being a communist traitor and professional college student to the age of 40 and some how a man who never worked an honest job in his life was elected major to what must be one of the stupidest city in america.

  2. artmaker2014 says:

    Trump sounds just like George W. Bush right after the 9/11 attack. I watched every minute of coverage, and was shocked that his reaction might lead just where it did: to the United States, despite Colin Powell’s warnings and naysaying: invading and then having to rebuild and “buy” the nation of Iraq. Which our country under W. Bush’s leadership, proceeded to do. Also on television then, I watched in disbelief as U.S. tanks rolled down a major thoroughfare in Iraq, just as if we were tourists on a day when streets were empty. I watched Saddam Hussein’s huge statue being pulled down, fulfilling George W. Bush’s puerile wish to better his father’s “Desert Storm” offensive, which had ended wisely and early. I was teaching school that year, and bought yellow roses to wear to my classroom when that victory in “Desert Storm”–the true victory of moderation and sanity–was announced. Dear Heaven, please let our country choose moderation and sanity this time, and not either buy another country, or forfeit this one to madness and demogoguery and, face it, wild hate and rage–under Donald Trump.

  3. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    Frankly, I wish they’d BOTH shut up about it.

  4. Rick Nash says:

    How many lives have to be lost before The selfish PoliticIans Leaders like German Mikel,Canadian P.M. Justin The Mushi ,Hillary/ Obama England P.M. Cameroon accept “islamic Jihadi fanatic muslims living among us”and say the word “Islamic Terrorism”shame on you Hillary /Obama/Justin of Canada making our countries just like all the E.U countries who have been invaded by Islamic jihadis and now here Idiots.Is this what we want to leave to our Future Kids ? Shariya law,no equal rights for women,Everything and anything considered non islam will be killed and hated?Shame on the Moderate Muslims doing nothing to stop their brothers.And why don’t the muslim emigrants go to oil rich muslim countries as refugees and why don’t they take a single muslim in do you know why they want to spread Islam and Shariya Law.When will our folks become aware of this and stop being stupid/

  5. Josh says:

    U all make me sick people are dieing everyday on our streets n nothing is being done but a gay bar gets hit and now change is needed how many of our younger people die everyday why is their never a big deal made about that!!!!!?

  6. BillUSA says:

    I get a kick out of the anti-Trump set when they make comments about him. They assign “hater” and “racist” tags on him in their vitriolic contributions to the discussion. They reveal themselves to be one-dimensional and incapable of seeing the big picture.

    I know Trump isn’t perfect and I wish he’d shut up sometimes, but Hillary Clinton is going to bring as much to the Presidency because of her gender as Barack Obama did because of his skin color. Now, I know many lefties will read that and narrow-mindedly label me sexist and racist but again, you are revealing your own ignorance.

    I’m glad we elected our first President of color and hope some day to see our first female Commander-in-Chief. But these two are the worst to be found. I rarely reveal who I’m going to vote for, but at the end of the day, I think Trump has greater concern for the United States than Hillary Clinton does.

    Why is significant enough to be posted after an article about a mass shooting? Because the left doesn’t want our people able to defend themselves. Instead of urging their politicians to enforce gun laws already on the books, they want new ones – some even to take our rights away. That smells of dictatorship. Being a dyed-in-the-wool socialist (and a criminal one at that) Tsarina Clinton will surely make things worse for ALL of us by acquiescing to their ideals just for their votes.

    She’s an incompetent and callous politician who just so happens to be a slightly better criminal. If that’s who you want running things don’t go whining when things don’t go your way.

  7. Sexracist says:

    American citizen buys weapons of mass destruction LEGALLY. How many times does this have to happen?

    Chalk it up to Islam all you want, but I don’t seem to recall Adam Lanza proclaiming his love of ISIS.

  8. Mitchem says:

    Trump is absolutely right.

  9. Ward Loonel Kremer says:

    I am ashamed of this piss poor excuse of a hominoid. I use this language so the scum may understand…..

  10. stevenkovacs says:

    Millions more votes for Trump now

  11. Marina Bekker says:

    Surely America MUST see that these attacks have been inspired by the trump buffoon spewing hate… and have another look at your hate laws against transgenders in public bathrooms. YOU MUST SEE THIS! SURELY!

  12. laura bernocchi says:

    my heart is bleeding for the Americans who died in Orlando!

  13. The Donald thinks that turning the U.S. into an armed camp will stop homophobes with guns? How, exactly, does that work, Donald?

    • Alex says:

      It’s an act of terror! Even Barry in his press conference admitted they were investigating an “Act of Terror”. Barry and Hillary have some explaining to do, saying we need more gun control isn’t going to cut it anymore. And FYI, the Boston bombers didn’t use guns, they used bombs! Just admit it, you libs hate Trump MORE than ISIS.

      • Gee, Alex, are you having that much trouble with the fact that the target was a gay bar and that the shooter’s own’s own father said the motivation was homophobia? Or is Trump’s unfortunate and unapologetic record in homophobia too awkward on a day like this?

      • percysowner says:

        Yes, it was an act of terror, just like Tim McVeigh when he blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City. Blaming an ethnic group is wrong. Blaming homophobia is far closer and that kind of hatred crosses racial, ethnic and religious lines.

      • therealeverton says:

        You know an act of terror doesn’t = Isis, or Islamic terrorist etc. It means an act of terror, that can have everything, or nothing to do with religion and is certainly not limited to Islam. Acts of terror have been committed in America for decades, see the KKK and others way, way back.

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