Donald Trump’s Response to the Orlando Massacre is an Embarrassment to This Country

One would think that with the litany of disgusting things Donald Trump has said and done throughout his presidential campaign, it would be difficult for him to stoop any lower than he did when he mocked war veterans, called most Mexican immigrants rapists, called for a ban on all Muslims and, most recently, suggested that an American federal judge couldn’t do his job ethically because he has Mexican heritage.

Well, one thing I’ve learned about Trump is this: If you don’t think he can stoop any lower than he has, just give him time, he most certainly will.

More proof of this comes by way of his embarrassing and disgraceful comments following Sunday’s mass shooting that left 50 people dead and at least 53 others wounded (some in critical condition) at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

It took Trump absolutely no time to politicize this tragedy to try to turn it into something which could benefit his campaign.

Here’s his first tweet:

When will this stop?

Well, considering this was an American citizen who legally purchased his guns because Republicans refuse to support any sort of common sense gun regulations, probably not any time soon. When your party blocked a bill that would have prevented potential terrorists who are on the no-fly list from being able to buy guns, you lose the right to act as if you’re not part of the reason why this monster was able to purchase the weapons he used to slaughter 50 innocent people.

Then there was this “gem”:

Appreciate the congrats? Are you serious? I really don’t feel as if I need to say any thing about this because the stupidity speaks for itself.

Next up was Trump blatantly pandering to right-wing idiocy:

Because, you know, using those three words really matters. Tell you what, when Republicans call the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter a “radical Christian terrorist,” then they can start whining about three words that don’t make a damn bit of difference concerning any of this. This is nothing but textbook pandering to people who are easily manipulated by Republicans who often blatantly treat them like morons.

But Trump wasn’t done spending a good part of his day using this tragedy for political gain:

I Googled this and found exactly zero credible news sources saying he said these words. Sure, there are a bunch of conspiracy sites and right-wing blogs saying “witnesses say,” but not a single legitimate news source. I’m not saying he didn’t say them, but it’s a little scary when a legitimate presidential candidate views random conspiracy blogs as “credible” sources of information.

Though I can’t help but notice his mention of the white male in Los Angeles who was arrested with an arsenal of weapons allegedly targeting a gay pride parade. I can’t imagine if that person was able to carry out what some think he had planned to do that the GOP reaction, especially from Trump, would be quite the same. I’m going to guess it would have been a lot like after the Planned Parenthood shooting when Republicans almost went out of their way to avoid discussing it.

And then there was his last tweet:

So, let me get this straight. Donald Trump tried to use the shooting in Orlando to claim this justifies his call to ban Muslims. How, exactly, would banning Muslims from entering the United States have prevented an American citizen who legally purchased weapons from doing what he did?

The truth is, Donald Trump spent a part of his day on Sunday falling over himself to exploit this tragedy to push his ignorance and stupidity, because he knows everything he said fed right into the hands of those dumb enough to believe him.

I’m ashamed that someone who’s as much of a bottom-feeder as Donald Trump has managed to become the presidential nominee for one of our two major political parties. Words cannot even begin to describe how important it is that we do not allow this bumbling idiot to become our next president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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