Donald Trump Tours Orlando, Exploits Pulse Tragedy

Trump has warned that "radical islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans."

President-elect Donald Trump continued his “victory” tour with a stop in Orlando on Friday, boasting about his election win in a city that decisively went for Hillary Clinton.

“Remember, they said, ’He cannot get to 270. There is no path,'” Trump told a crowd of 11,000 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. “Did I blow them out in the Panhandle, or what? You know why? Because the Panhandle wants its jobs back.”

President-elect Donald Trump delivers remarks to cheering supporters in front of a Christmas-themed backdrop at a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Trump did win Florida, but lost to Clinton in Orlando by a margin of 60.4%-35.7%. In Pine Hills, where he was speaking, he only garnered about 7% of the vote.

But objective reality couldn’t dampened spirits at the rally, where attendees shouted attacks at Clinton, including “Lock her up!” and “Waterboard her!”

After an introduction by Governor Rick Scott, Trump praised his supporters for being “vicious, violent,” during the campaign. “I mean, you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious. And you wanted to win, right?”

President-elect Donald Trump delivers remarks to cheering supporters in front of a Christmas-themed backdrop at a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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He paused his self-adulation, though, to reference the gruesome attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub a little more than six months ago.

Calling it “the worst mass shooting in American history and the deadliest assault on the LGBTQ community,” Trump vowed he would keep “radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.” (Pulse shooter Omar Mateen was born in Queens, New York.)

In a statement following the attack, Trump warned that “radical islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans” and promised to “protect and defend all Americans.”

President-elect Donald Trump responds to cheering supporters in front of a Christmas-themed backdrop at a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Oddly, he has still never actually visited the site of the nightclub. (Instead he sent Omarosa and Eric Trump’s wife, Lara, as surrogates.)

The President-elect ended Friday’s speech by promising to “heal divisions” in America.

“We will bring our country back together. We will love everyone, not segments,” he said “When Americans are unified, there is nothing we cannot do. No task is too great, no dream too large, no goal beyond our reach.”

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