As the nation wakes up to a possible terror attack on an Orlando nightclub that caters to the LGBT community, the right wing wasted no time in both politicizing the tragedy and displaying just how sick and depraved conservatism has become in America.
As of this writing, all we know is that around 50 are dead and over 40 are wounded, making this one of the largest mass shootings in American history. Reports say that a man walked into the Pulse, a downtown Orlando club, at around 2 a.m. and opened fire with an assault rifle and a handgun and then took hostages. After a shootout with the police, the gunman is dead and as yet unidentified, although the police believe the killer to be an Islamic radical. Despite the carnage and tragic loss of life, conservatives jumped onto twitter to mock the dead and gloat:
— Valerie (@duchess1201) June 12, 2016
Hillary wants more terrible Islamic terror events like the Orlando massacre. That’s why she demands a 500% increase in Islamic migrants.
— American Hank (@_HankRearden) June 12, 2016
The Left’s beloved Islam showed its tolerance for gays last night in Orlando. #IslamIsTheProblem
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) June 12, 2016
And, of course, they went to the Facebook page of the Pulse to crow about it before the bodies were even cold:
Ryan Hensel Probably is a Muslim, that’s the reality of shit with the way everything’s been… sorry not sorry
Jill Harrison It was a muslim. Would be nice if you would stop being so worried about defending them and figuring out if that’s who it was and if it is which is what they’re saying but everyone get their butt down to the police department and tell whatever they know so they can figure out where the guy was from and go see if there’s any more attacks planned and save more lives everyone’s too worried about offending Muslims instead of getting to the bottom of it and stopping any other attacks there might be planned
Matthew Watts If the shooter was a Muslim, who do you think he voted for in the Democratic primary? Bernie or Hitlery?
Christopher Daniszewski We need to ban all Muslims from entering the US until further notice
If it turns out that the shooter was a Muslim, expect the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric to ramp up to 11. Do not, however, expect Donald Trump, Fox News or any of the right wing talking heads to ask how a radicalized terrorist was able to get his hands on the guns he used to take so many lives. Instead, look for calls for more guns in nightclubs that serve alcohol to make us all “safer.” Because in America, the best way to honor the dead is to make sure more people join them.
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