Trump, Clinton, Sanders Respond to Orlando Shooting

June 12, 2016 Updated: June 13, 2016

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the two respective presidential nominees, sent out tweets and statements about the deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

For one tweet, Trump received heavy backlash. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” he tweeted. Some, including celebrities and pro-Democrat publications, stated that his comment was insensitive.  

Trump wrote right before, “Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

Days before the attack, Trump said that Clinton “should get out of the race” if she couldn’t say the words, “radical Islam,” CBS reported. He said at a rally: “Hillary will bring hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom have hostile beliefs,” while adding that the refugees “openly support terrorism in our country.”

President Barack Obama on Sunday issued a comment about the shooting, saying it was an “act of terror.”

“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” he said. “The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror. We will go wherever the facts lead us … What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred.”‘

Clinton also responded.

“Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act,” she wrote.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also sent out a statement, saying that “all Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando.”

The shooter was identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who reportedly called 911 to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, terrorist group before the attack. ISIS is believed to have taken responsibility through its official news channel.

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