By Tatiana Flowers
By Tatiana Flowers
Rabat – While dozens of bodies were removed from Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last night, presidential candidate, Donald Trump seized the opportunity to gain political leverage in the race to The White House by posting on Twitter, “I called it.”
His response to what is now the deadliest mass shooting in America has sparked outrage among many social media users and his need reinforce a ban on all Muslims after such a tragic event has led to a trail of arguments on his Twitter page. To date, the shooter, Omar Mateen, has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. No definite proof of his involvement has been confirmed.
Just after the shooting yesterday that left 50 dead and 53 injured, Donald Trump posted on Twitter, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance.”
Immediately, other social media users bashed him, calling him “inhumane,” “insensitive,” a “bigot,” and a “butt-plug.” One user wrote, “Imagine him as president giving a speech at a press conference today.” Another said, “You’re the only person in America who would or could “appreciate the congrats” while families mourn 50 dead,”’ and singer, John Legend commented, “Trump is a truly awful person.”
This afternoon, Trump is scheduled for an interview with Good Morning America, where he will further comment on the shooting.
“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban,” Trump said.
Last night, Omar Mateen’s identity was released. Many republicans say Democrats are wrong; gun control is not the issue, “Islam is.” Trump posted, “Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace,” which was then retweeted by his son, Donald Trump Jr.
More radical opinions suggest containment — like a ban on all Muslims — won’t work either. Instead, a more drastic approach is necessary. “This containment garbage is getting people killed. You don’t contain evil. You destroy it or it destroys you,” Bill O’Reilly of Fox News wrote.
But amid all the crime and hatred, those who have lost loved ones are mourning.
“Please let’s just all get along,” cried Christine Leinonen, the mother of Chris Leinon who was killed last night at Pulse. “We’re on this Earth for such a short time.”