Another week of Trump news
June 16, 2016 Leave a comment
After the Orlando shootings, Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” While people disliked the comments, he claimed that he received “tens of thousands” of notes praising his foresight. I’d like to see them.
Meanwhile at no time did he offer condolences to the victims’ families even though he claims he is a “friend” of the LGBTQ community.
In the hours after the Orlando shooting, Trump issued a statement calling on President Barack Obama to resign for refusing “to even say the words ‘radical Islam’” in his response to the attack. He also called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre.
Trump appeared to falsely claim that the perpetrator of the Orlando mass shooting was born outside the U.S. but was born in New York [last I checked, New York was still in the US].
He said as president he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe and our allies.” That would cover most of the Middle East, the upper half of Africa, and a nice chunk of Asia. This is for any religion but clearly most Muslim areas.
Because of some coverage he doesn’t like he announcing he would no longer credential reporters from The Washington Post to cover his campaign events. “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.”
He especially disliked the Post’s headline “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.” So he’s allowed to mislead Americans but they can’t? Trump’s campaign has previously revoked credentials from other news outlets including The Daily Beast, Politico and the Des Moines Register.
Trump blames Obama because of the shooting and yet it is Trump and other Republicans who have followed the NRA to block any legislation to curb the selling of powerful guns.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin saying he did not think Trump’s proposals were “in our country’s interest” or “reflective of our principles not just as a party, but as a country.”
Trump mocked Hillary Clinton’s proposals for more gun control. “They tried that in France, which has among the toughest gun laws in the world,” even with the shootings. But he forgot that the gunman came primarily from outside of France and the EU borders are fairly open.
“Clinton now plans to massively increase admissions without a screening plan, including a 500 per cent increase in Syrian refugees,” he said. No screening plan? Sure. [Note that the right wing in Canada said the same thing when Canada brought in 25,000 Syrians last winter. They were screened by Canadian and UN officials.]
Trump said he wants to “work together, including in partnership with our Muslim communities,” but probably not with his rants against Muslims.
Trump suggests he is a better friend to the gay community than Mrs. Clinton because his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants would block anti-gay Islamic extremists from coming into the country. Well they will be screened first. As if extremists don’t go after anyone else.
In an interview on Fox News, Mr. Trump referred to Islamic State fighters throwing men they think are gay off tall buildings. Trump opposes same-sex marriage.