Monday, of course, was the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, when 49 people were brutally murdered by a lone gunman. And Donald Trump, who broke with tradition by not issuing a Pride month proclamation, managed to tweet out a message about the anniversary.
“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting,” he wrote.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2017
The tweet received more than 16,000 retweets and 62,000 likes, with supporters taking the opportunity to blast FBI director James Comey, defend gun rights, and urge Trump to adopt stridently Islamophobic policies
The Orlando shooter's dad was welcomed as a guest of honor for Hillary Clinton. He also visited State Department! Deep State.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 12, 2017
Would "Love Muslim Hate" the way they "Love Trump Hate"
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) June 12, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence, who supports conversion therapy for gay people, retweeted the message.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 12, 2017
But Trump’s tweet also garnered a fair amount of opprobrium.
Focus on the victims. Your inability to not politicize a tragedy for a second is embarrassing. Then again, that is who you are. SAD!
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) June 12, 2017
I care about the community on a daily basis not just one day. Trump doesn't care what happens to LGBT the rest of the year.
— Sophie Scholl (@maggiegosia) June 12, 2017
If you really wanted to honor them, you'd stop things like this from happening to gay couples in America: https://t.co/mLggNypBDR
— Jonathan Boucher (@jonbouch) June 12, 2017
this ALL CAPS tweet does not absolve u frm throwing the entire LGBTQ comm. under the bus after your election. Liar!
— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) June 12, 2017
You forgot them all of pride month. You refuse to celebrate the living and you use the death of our community to further your bigoted agenda
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) June 12, 2017
.And Americans will never forget ur recent meeting with anti-LGBT bigots and fact u picked Mike Pence as VP: https://t.co/0EtgDMY3nz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) June 12, 2017
Can you please reiterate your position on the sale of automatic weapons?
— Bill Shapiro (@Bill_Shapiro) June 12, 2017
A year ago, when news broke about the attack, Trump was busy patting himself on the back. “[I] appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he tweeted on the morning of June 12, 2016. For him to pay tribute to the fallen now rang hollow to many.
You literally CONGRATULATED yourself on this day one year ago instead of remembering the victims. Thanks for pretending to care. pic.twitter.com/n0pAj9wIt0
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) June 12, 2017
We will also never forget how you made the shooting about you one year ago today. https://t.co/TYAhNUVn4h
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) June 12, 2017
Nor will we forget how you used the situation for an opportunity for an "I told you so".
— David Oliver Willis (@DavidOliverW) June 12, 2017
Thank you for the tweet, but I'd rather see you honor the 49 victims & the surviving families with action to save lives from gun violence pic.twitter.com/1qhhM3TTBg
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) June 12, 2017
Do Something’s Calvin Stowell called out Trump as a hypocrite and opportunist.
Stop trying to use another community's tragedy to pursue your Islamophobic agenda. It is transparent and evil.
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 12, 2017
You have some nerve tweeting this after how you reacted last year. And given how poorly you treat latinx Americans it's even more grotesque
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 12, 2017
Even actor Ethan Embry had something to say.
The cabinet you assembled perpetuates the hate and violence this attack comes from
Not including gays in the census you've forgotten already
— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) June 12, 2017
Last July at the Republican National Convention, Trump promised to protect LGBT Americans from “a hateful foreign ideology.”
“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted [the] LGBTQ community. No good. And we’re going to stop it. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.”
This is not the first time a Trump has been put on blast for a message to the LGBT community. Earlier this month, Ivanka Trump tweeted out a Pride month message that many found self-serving and disingenuous.