Monday, June 13, 2016
Like millions of Americans, I awakened this morning to news reports about the horrific slaughter in Orlando's "The Pulse" night club. The headlines state that this is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, with 50 dead and another 53 wounded--many critically. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and friends, and to the entire LGBT community.
One might have hoped that politicians would refrain from pronouncing judgment on this tragedy--at the very least until all the facts are known. Donald Trump, however, felt compelled to weigh in (to no one's surprise) by informing the waiting world that these events prove he was "right" about terrorism... whatever that means. He reiterated his call for a "ban" on Muslims entering the U.S. (of course, the suspect is an American citizen--born and bred here--and appears to have acted alone), he denounced our "weak leadership" --demanding that President Obama resign (!), and he attacked Hillary Clinton for not speaking the words "radical Islamic terrorist". Of course, not once in his statements did he express his support for the LGBT community. Given his recent run of bad press, significant Republican buyers remorse, and dropping poll numbers it's no wonder he'd want to point fingers elsewhere--but, no one needs to hear more of his bigotry and intolerance--least of all the Orlando community. He's only making a horrendous situation even worse.
Since he decided to politicize this tragedy, instead of showing restraint and decency, I only hope Trump's actions serve as a wake-up call for those who might actually contemplate voting for him. He is a demagogue, and an arrogant bully. His hate speech accomplishes nothing but serving as a recruiting tool for ISIS. I have to believe that the inherent goodness and decency of the American people will ultimately prevent Mr. Trump from getting anywhere near the Oval Office. It's obvious that this great country deserves far better.
After posting the above, I read that Trump has achieved a new low--even for him. He said that the President "either doesn't get it, or... he gets it better than we understand". The implication is obvious, and disgusting. This man has no shame whatsoever.