Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The massacre that occurred inside the popular gay nightclub at the hands of a radical Islamic jihadist Omar Mateen claimed the lives of 49 people. It was the deadliest terror attack in America since the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001.
President Donald Trump, who one year ago tweeted controversially about the incident, sent a solemn message about the victims accompanied by images of those slain by Islamic terrorism:
In the tweet, Trump claimed that the victims would never be forgotten and used the supportive hashtag #OrlandoUnitedDay. However, trolls online were anything but “united” and used the tweet memorializing the victims for political attacks.
At least Mike Pence had something nice to say:
But he was also mocked mercilessly:
The mockery inspired gloating media coverage at outlets like the Huffington Post, and certainly there are many heated, passionate opinions about Trump and LGBTQ rights, but the questions remains: Can we take a second away from the political partisan grind to honor and mourn the tragic deaths of those who lost their lives in the worst terror attack on American soil in 15 years?
I suppose it's 2017, so no, no we can't.
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