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In wake of the horrific murder of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have all released statements or spoken to the press in one way or another.


President Obama gave a sober, appropriate, predictable speech which centered the victims and their families and assured the nation that the FBI was investigating the situation and will know more in the coming days.

Donald Trump responded to this by suggesting that President Obama ought to resign because he did not say the words "radical Islamic terrorism" and that Clinton should drop out of the race if she cannot say them either. You know, because if you say "radical Islamic Terrorism" in the mirror three times, no one can do terrorism to you. It is the law! And also, obviously, the only way to prevent terrorism from happening. That and talking a lot about how Muslims are bad and should be banned from entering our country!

Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.

In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam'. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'Radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency.

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.

The terrorist, Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, is the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan who openly published his support for the Afghanistani Taliban and even tried to run for President of Afghanistan. According to Pew, 99% of people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia Law.

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.

We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and all beliefs, from Radical Islamic Terrorism - which has no place in an open and tolerant society. Radical Islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans. I am going to be a President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans. We are going to make America safe again and great again for everyone.

For what it is worth, the refugee process in this country involves tons of screening and often takes several years. It's basically the hardest way to get into the United States. It would be a thousand times easier to just fly in and say you were coming here on a trip to Disneyland, stay for a while and then do all your terrorism. But it would not be fair to expect Donald Trump to know that, because Googling is for peasants. Also, the shooter was an American citizen, not a refugee from Syria. 

Then, on Monday morning, he accused the President of being in cahoots with ISIS.

"He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It's one or the other," Trump told the gang over at Fox and Friends "And either one is unacceptable."

This is hardly the first time that Donald Trump has accused the President of being a Secret Muslin who actually LOVES terrorism, having previously suggested that his Secret Muslin identity may be the reason he wouldn't give Donald Trump his long-form birth certificate.

Clinton responded to the shooting in a statement:

This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.

This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.

Finally, we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.

This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country.

She also spoke to CNN's New Day about the "radical Islamic terrorism" aspect of the situation:

Via CNN:

"From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say," she said. "And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we -- whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing."

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"What I won't do, because I think it is dangerous for our efforts to defeat this threat, is to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion," she said. "That plays right into ISIS' hands."

Trump was interviewed after Clinton, and stated that Clinton is "afraid to use [the term "Radical Islamic Terrorism"] because President Obama doesn't want her to," and reiterated that saying the term was the most important thing in terms of fighting terrorism. After being informed that she literally just did that, he said that "She would love to use those words because almost everybody agrees that those words should be used." Which is the exact opposite of what he had said two seconds before.

Personally, I would prefer that those words not be used! Not because I want us to be attacked by terrorists, but because I think it's pretty crappy to suggest that all Muslims are potential terrorists, and also because I think it's actually not super smart to give groups like ISIS, etc. affirmation that we are a country that is hostile to Muslims to begin with. I can't quite see how that is a good idea, or what, exactly, it would do to prevent terrorism. Maybe Donald Trump thinks that saying "Radical Islamic Terrorism" is like a Harry Potter spell of some kind? Like, if you say it out loud then ISIS can't attack you?

Either that or he just doesn't have any better ideas.

[CNN / Politico]

Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. In addition to her work at Wonkette, she also has a biweekly column at Dame. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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