Denounce Donald Trump’s Islamophobic Response to Orlando Tragedy

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Targets: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and former presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain.

Goal: Denounce Donald Trump’s insensitive, Islamophobic response to the mass shooting in Orlando.

Hours after a mass shooter killed nearly fifty people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took a moment to congratulate himself. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump tweeted through his official Twitter account. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

It is sickening that a nominee for our nation’s highest office would use the unspeakable horror of the Orlando tragedy in such a cynical way. At a time which called for pausing to reflect on the human costs of gun violence and bigotry, Trump instead tried to use the Orlando shooting to further his own hateful political agenda. Republican Party leaders must respond to Trump’s hateful rhetoric by refusing to endorse Trump for president or rescinding their existing endorsements.

In the days following the Orlando shooting, Trump’s hateful rhetoric has only gotten worse. The day after the tragedy, he reiterated an earlier call to ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. Not only that, Trump added that he would extend this policy to bar all immigrants from countries with a history of terrorism. If Trump gets his way, refugees desperately seeking to escape terrorism in Syria, Iraq, and other countries could be prevented from finding safety in the U.S.

Trump has mistakenly implied that the Orlando killer was an immigrant from Afghanistan, saying that “The killer…was born in Afghan [sic] of Afghan parents.” However, Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, was in fact a native U.S. citizen born in New York. By equating terrorism with Islam and immigrants, Trump does a dangerous disservice to millions of peaceful Muslims in the United States and around the world. Sign the below petition and call on Republican leaders to denounce this hateful rhetoric by refusing to endorse Donald Trump.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Republican Party leaders,

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric has achieved a dangerous new level of unacceptability. Trump says he wants to bar all Muslims — and people from any country beset by terrorism — from immigrating into the United States. To justify this bigoted policy Trump has implied the Orlando shooter was himself an immigrant, a statement which is patently false. Blaming Muslims and immigrants for terrorism makes our country weaker, not stronger, and we the undersigned call on all Republican Party leaders to make it clear that you will not endorse Donald Trump for president.

Already, principled Republicans like South Carolina’s Senator Lindsey Graham have distanced themselves from Trump’s hateful campaign by pledging not to support Trump for president. We now call on party leaders including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and former presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain to make it clear that they do not agree with Trump’s hateful rhetoric and that they will not support him for president.

After the national tragedy in Orlando, it is incumbent on all our nation’s political leaders to make our country stronger by bringing Americans together regardless of race, nationality, or religion. Do the right thing and refuse to endorse Donald Trump for president.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Paulette Mirfield says:

    The man is so damnned self involved that everything is skewed to point back to him and his idiotic views. A wannabe Hitler in the making…except he’s after everyone!

    • Did you ever think maybe he’s pissed that our country has turned into this? Look around you Lady~this countries going to hell in a hand basket in case you haven’t noticed. To call him Hitler is just ignorance on your part. Go get educated about politics and business before you start pointing fingers at people.You are paranoid to think he’s after everyone…but keep on turning a blind eye to whats really going down in America.

  2. Jennifer Fox says:

    I didn’t read all of the reply but I’m not going to sign this petition because the mind set of radical Islam needs to be changed. The man who carried out the shhooting was a terroriost because what he did was a terrorist act. He was an Afghani. We have been having a lot of problems with radicalists from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan. Bin Laden was living in the caves in Afghanistan for years hidden in those caves until he relocated to Pakistan and was eventually shot. So Afghanistan definitely has radicals in it. I believe the man who carried out the Orlando shooting was Islamic. There does need to be a crack down on it -no doubt. Radical Islam is crucifying Christians and Aid workers and cutting off their heads. It needs to be stamped out, we can’t go soft on it.

    • Didn’t you read the petition? He was a US citizen. And btw, his friends and family stated that he was not religious.
      It feel more like he was ashamed of himself for visiting gay clubs so many times.

      • Wow this is total ignorance on your part.The only difference between him and the other Politicians is…they just feed us what they want us to hear. Even if this terrorist he was born in the US does not mean he wasn’t radicalized. Of course his family will say things to detract away from that because now he’s dead…guess who gets the crap?the family. They will say anything at this point so they are not blamed. The thing with Donald Trump is even if he is tactless in his words…he is the only one that is seeing this for what it is. Hilary Clinton and her Elite posse are dead set on making this so hard for Trump because when he does get in office heads will roll. No more free hound outs from the government.He will expose the Elite. No more illegal immigrants will be allowed to trash and destroy our beautiful country and milk us dry. I mean literally Trump is Rich…he has nothing to gain from this..nothing~if anything he has put his life on the line to try and open people eyes.We as America need to start taking care of our own. We have left ourselves vulnerable and that’s why homegrown terrorists exist like this guy.I refuse to sign this petition. I normally support this website…but this in between trying to lift the ban on gays donating blood is just not something I support. AIDS is very much alive and active in the Gay community and growing up in the Bay Area…they actually have party’s to give each other the disease. I agree that its their choice to be Gay and that’s ok with me and I respect that but I totally understand the ban against it.

    • I agree with you too…

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