If you ever had any doubt about Donald Trump’s ego, he made it extremely clear with a distasteful 141-character tweet about the Orlando shooting in which patted himself on the back. Trump turned the worst mass shooting in US history into a congratulatory note all about himself.
Here’s the controversial tweet:
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 also leveraged the incident to to called out US President Barack Obama for not pointing out that the attack was due to “radical Islamic terrorism”, and that he should immediately resign.
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
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
Trump’s criticism of Obama seems unwarranted as the President termed the shooting as an “attack on all of us”.
Obama’s message was more tempered than Trump’s venom-spewing one as he spoke about how Americans were united in their grief, their outrage and in their resolve to defend their people.
Trump’s triumphant and Islamophobic tweet was also markedly different from Hillary Clinton’s more mournful and empathetic tweet.
Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Social media was quick to slam Trump for his insensitive tweets.
.@realDonaldTrump You’re congratulating yourself because 50 people are dead this morning in a horrific tragedy?— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 12, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump You’re the only person in America who would or could “appreciate the congrats” while families mourn 50 dead.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) June 12, 2016
@realDonaldTrump You’re crowing about congrats because 50 people were murdered. WTF is wrong with you?— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) June 12, 2016
?? @realDonaldTrump Are you really using this moment to campaign? What is wrong this guy?? 😷— Andres Saavedra (@Andres_Saavedra) June 12, 2016