The morning after the deadly shooting at an Orlando nightclub was a time for TV news operations to interview victims’ friends, air Snapchat video from inside the club at the time of the carnage, and broadcast presidential candidates giving speeches in which they scored political points by vowing not to politicize the slaughter.
“Today is not a day for politics,” Clinton said, at a widely covered event in Cleveland, during which she called for unity and promised to pass gun control measures, after yesterday’s tragedy in which a lone gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS during a three-hour standoff that left 49 club-goers dead.
“We are not a land of winners and losers,” Clinton said, in a nod to Trump’s rhetoric. Primly declining to mention her GOP rival by name, Clinton nonetheless took shots at him, saying “This has always been a country of ‘we,’ not ‘me.’ We stand together because we are stronger together — ‘E Pluribus Unum’: out of many, one.”
Trump began his speech by disappointing fans with news it would not be the anti-Clinton humdinger he’d promised for today, in which he would detail “all of the bad things, and we all know what’s going on.” That speech, revealing the degree to which Clinton does not have the temperament to be president, he said (a nod to her line about him) will come “very, very soon,” he assured.
Instead, Trump called for a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shootings, and their families, who “have been through something nobody could ever experience.” He called it “a very dark moment in America’s history” perpetrated by an “Islamic terrorist” who wanted to kill “gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation,” which “strikes at who we are as a nation.”
“If we don’t get tough and smart…and fast, we are not going to have our country any more,” Trump warned. “There will be absolutely nothing left.”
Trump declared himself and Republicans better friends to the LGBTQ community than Hillary Clinton. That’s because it is the policies of Clinton, and her pal President Obama, that have allowed into the country the terrorists who would kill members of the LGBTQ community, he explained.
Trump said he would ban all immigration into this country from countries where terrorism is a threat. He claimed that “thousands and thousands of people, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer” in Orlando are entering the country. Hillary Clinton, Trump said, can never claim to be a “friend of the gay community” so long as she opposes his ban on Muslim immigration. “Why does Hillary Clinton want to bring in vast numbers who reject our values?”
His immigration strategy “will be lifted when, as a nation, we are in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country,” Trump insisted.
Clinton, he said, “has no clue what radical Islam is, and she won’t speak honestly about it, if she does, in fact, know.” The Muslim community, he said, “knows what’s going on” and must be compelled “to work with us.” He called for an investigation into the Orlando shootings, and anyone who had any knowledge of the shooter’s activities leading to those 49 deaths will be “outta here.”
Trump again insisted Clinton plans to abolish the Second Amendment. “She wants to take away American’s guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us – let them have all the fun they want,” he said.
“Not gonna happen,” Trump growled.