Orlando Shooting Underlines Fears for a Donald Trump Presidency

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Americans are drowning in the news that 50 people have been murdered in a mass shooting and over 50 have been injured. This is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. A shooter opened fire last night in gay nightclub Pulse before being shot and killed by the police. The killer was “organized and well-prepared” according to the police chief, brandishing at least an assault-type weapon and a handgun.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a state of emergency for the city. Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted, “My prayers are with the victims’ families & all those affected by the shooting in Orlando. We devote every resource available to assist.” LGBTQ activism group GLAAD tweeted, “Our hearts break for the victims and families of this horrific act of violence. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in #Orlando.”

The shooter has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. The FBI is investigating Mateen and Orlando authorities have deemed the shooting an act of domestic terrorism and possibly a hate crime.

When tragedy as monumental as this erupts, we as a nation must reflect on what this means for our future and how we can try to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. Presently, we have a textbook racist, sexist, and bigoted man running for the President of the United States. Donald Trump has proposed that we bar Muslims from entering the country and that we build a wall to prevent Mexicans from entering and that we deport all illegals. He has also made fun of Chinese accents and accused Judge Curiel of being biased against him for his Mexican heritage, repeatedly calling the lifelong United States citizen a “Mexican.” What else? He also suggested a Muslim judge could not preside over his lawsuit fairly. He called a man in the crowd “my African American.” And he called Mexicans entering the country “rapists and criminals,” though saying he “assumed” some were safe, good people.

It is undeniable that Donald Trump is racist, no matter what he has said to defend himself. Donald Trump recently came out to say “I am the least racist person, the least racist person that you’ve ever seen,” after being called racist by plenty of Democratic and Republican officials alike. Apparently his words mean nothing, and the fact that he has employed people of various races makes him un-racist. Of course, this isn’t the case.

Whereas too many Republicans have backed Trump simply because he’s the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney has stuck to his virtue and personal morality over party unity. Romney has warned the American people that Donald Trump could legitimize sexism and racism if he were to become president. Romney said,     

I don’t want to see trickle-down racism. I don’t want to see the President of the United States saying things which change the character of generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.

Thank God a leading Republican is speaking the truth.

Donald Trump is connected to the shooting in Orlando because he is a man who speaks and acts with genuine hatred and ignorance. He will, as Mitt Romney suggests, create a more racist, sexist, and hateful America. This serves as a warning to Americans approaching the general election. We have the ability to make history this election, possibly more than ever before. Donald Trump has been fairly compared to dictatorial and dangerous leaders like Hitler and Mussolini. He would bring with him increased terror as he threatens world leaders, minorities, and other countries. The United States would become even greater a target for ISIS, and the war could come to us.

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