Donald Trump, one of the two people most likely to become our next president, spent the day disseminating unverified information and using innocent victims’ deaths as a chance to pat himself on the back. And he’s just getting started.
When the news broke of this morning’s shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 dead, Donald Trump took to Twitter to show us just how presidential he can really be.
Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
A brief moment of acknowledging the victims of today’s tragedy quickly gave way to Trump talking about the real issue—himself and how right he was.
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
He then called on President Obama to resign for offering a more measured, thoughtful response.
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Before tweeting this.
Reporting that Orlando killer shouted "Allah hu Akbar!" as he slaughtered clubgoers. 2nd man arrested in LA with rifles near Gay parade.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
This, of course, has been confirmed by no one in any position of authority, and in fact looks to be copied and pasted from a man who blamed today’s shooting on none other than the scourges that are President Obama and political correctness.
Then came more self-congratulations.
Until, finally, we get to this.
What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
To be clear, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Omar Mateen was born in the United States. How would Trump’s ban have stopped him? How would it have stopped today’s LA suspect? Or the San Bernardino shootings? Dylann Roof? The Newtown massacre? Trump’s “tough” ban would have been just as ineffective in every single one of these cases.
If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.
And then offered a bit of his own masturbatory, anti-Islamist fan fiction:
We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year. Since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in terrorism in the United States.
Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term – and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing.
None of these statements are based in reality nor do they bare any correlation to our country’s mass shooting epidemic. Trump’s not just “politicizing” a tragedy, he’s deliberately misconstruing facts and repeating unconfirmed information to feed his own, suffocating ego.
It’s going to be a long five months.