Donald Trump Responds to Orlando – “I appreciate the congrats for being right”

Donald Trump Responds to Orlando

Trump On Tragedy: Political Capitalism vs. Political Response

June 13, 2016 – In the wake of tragedy, a series of predictable things often tend to unfold. People send thoughts and prayers, consume every detail as it becomes known, reach out to those in need, voice their opinions on what can be done and most definitely engage in debate with people who have a different perspective. And pushed by the never ending mediums through which to communicate and the fact that we’re in a campaign year, public figures tend to walk the line of political capitalism vs. political response post tragedy.
Donald Trump Responds to Orlando

“I appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islam terrorism”

After this weekend’s deadliest U.S. mass shooting in Orlando where over 100 people were killed and injured, Donald Trump seems to be emerging as the public figure most likely to be perceived as using tragedy for political capitalism. In one of his early tweets about the horrific attack, he posted a #humblebrag thanking all those who have sent him “congrats” messages on being right about radical Islamic terrorism.

Donald Trump Responds to Orlando
Donald Trump tweet

He then called on Obama, as he’s done before, to immediately resign if he wouldn’t use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” In Obama’s speech he did not use that verbiage but did establish that what happened is being treated as a “terrorist investigation.”

Donald Trump Responds to Orlando
Donald Trump tweet

“As far as we can tell right now, this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time,” the President said. He went on to acknowledge that the shooter did pledge allegiance to ISIS in a phone call during the attack. He spent extensive time talking about about how the shooter legally obtained the guns and urged everyone to take time to think about the risks we’re willing to take when we make these weapons so easy to obtain.

“My concern is that we start getting into a debate, as has happened in the past, which is an either/or debate,” he stated. “And the suggestion is either we think about something as terrorism and we ignore the problems with easy access to firearms, or it’s all about firearms and we ignore the role — the very real role that that organizations like ISIL have in generating extremist views inside this country.  And it’s not an either/or.  It’s a both/and.”

The presumptive Republican nominee got plenty of supportive comments from his followers (one even tweeting “Please make us safe. We cannot have Hillary as president. We will be in so much trouble” but also received a barrage of tweets calling out his fear-mongering and inept hypocrisy.

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Monday morning, Trump continued to speak about the alleged weak leadership of Obama and Clinton and reminded everyone that they need to listen to him or things will get worse. Furthermore, he speckled the airwaves with doubt about Obama’s allegiances as he began implying their may be a more serious reason as to why the President won’t label the attack as radical Islamic terrorism.

“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.” “And either one is unacceptable, number one. And, number two, calling on another gun ban, I mean, this man has no clue.”

While not outright accusing Obama of anything specifically, Trump continued to insinuate a great deal.

“We’re led by a man who is a very — look, we’re led by a man that either is, is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” he said. “And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot — they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”

The “Fox & Friends” anchors even bring up issue of placing blame on the FBI for failing to take down the Orlando shooter when he had previously been on two watch lists. Trump recognized how that fail may appear to the public but, as opposed to his stance on Obama, gave them a bit of a cushion to fall back on.

“Well I’m a big fan of the FBI but certainly this does not make them look good,” Trump responded. “They had him under surveillance a couple times, and it didn’t work out. It’s not easy. OK? It’s not easy.”

Peruse any politician’s social media handles and you’ll find plenty of talk about what happened to the Orlando victims, what happened to the resolve of U.S. citizens, and what needs to happen next to ensure safety and prosperity.

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