The Orlando Nightclub Shooting Just Redefined the Race for the Presidency

Michael Ambriz

The elements of this particular crisis—and how they respond to it—will likely be key issues of this election.

Hillary Clinton tweeted in both English and Spanish.


— Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton June 12, 2016

In a longer statement her campaign released later in the day, Clinton was more forceful, calling the attacks an act of terror: For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad.

— Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump June 12, 2016

But it was Trump s next tweet that has earned him scathing criticism for showing insensitivity and shifting the focus to himself in a time of grief.

However, they cautioned that there is no evidence of a broader plot or that the suspect had ties to any terrorist organizations, according to The New York Times.

This is hardly the first time the President has had to make such a speech following a deadly shooting spree on US soil—by one count it s the 20th, in fact—and his words hinted at a deep weariness at Congress s refusal to pass gun control legislation.

Michael Ambriz
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