More than 50 people were killed this morning when a man, reportedly angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami, attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando. As the media hunts down and publishes every detail about the perpetrator's life — including his alleged allegiance to ISIS — one man and his supporters are congratulating themselves for seeing it coming.
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
The same tune is being played among Trump's supporters on Reddit and elsewhere, where conversation about the attacks and media coverage quickly spiraled into a conspiracy theory about suppression of news related to Islamic terrorism. (The shooter was described by his ex-wife to The Washington Post as "violent and mentally unstable," but "not very religious.")
"This was an act of terror and an act of hate."
President Obama delivered remarks on the shooting today from the White House, calling for solidarity. "This was an act of terror and an act of hate," Obama said in a press conference this afternoon. "As Americans, we are united in grief, and outrage and resolve, to defend our people." The president has ordered flags across the country to fly at half-staff until June 16th. "No act of terror will keep us from being who we are," Obama said.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also issued a statement this afternoon, echoing that it was "an act of terror." Clinton called for gun reform, and said that LGBT allies will fight for the right to live "freely, openly, and without fear."
"This was also an act of hate," Clinton said. "Hate has absolutely no place in America."