In One Tweet, Trump Just Made the Tragic Mass Shooting in Orlando All About Him
On Sunday, Omar Mateen was identified as the suspected gunman in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, leaving at least 50 dead and 53 wounded early Sunday morning.
And Donald Trump wasted no time making the tragedy about himself.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee reveled in congratulations "for being right on radical Islamic terrorism." However, he followed up the self-congratulatory sentiment with "I don't want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance. We must be smart!"
His controversial tweet came about one hour after an initial post, offering his prayers and in which he also said America needs to be "tough, smart and vigilant."
Trump drew the ire of countless Twitter users, who didn't hesitate to share their disdain for his second tweet — regarded by many as a publicity stunt — just hours after the shooting.
Others echoed Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's plea to Trump on Thursday to "delete your account."
Mass shootings have historically been politicized, particularly when it comes the issue of gun control. In recent years, American Muslims haven't been immune to this process either, as their religion often becomes embroiled in the ensuing debate.
Even without evidence, any act of violence involving Muslims is quick to be labeled "terrorism," a nomenclature not so loosely afforded to crimes committed by Christians, Caucasians and people of other faiths and ethnicities.
June 13, 2016, 4:27 p.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.