June 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Trump tweets ‘never forget’ on anniversary of Pulse shooting
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President Donald Trump tweeted “never forget” on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

On the one-year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, President Trump tweeted on Monday an image of the 49 individuals killed at the gay nightclub, urging his followers to “never forget” the victims.

“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting,” Trump tweeted.

Trump also used the hashtag #OrlandoUnitedDay, which is one of the hashtags used by those remembering the massacre in Orlando, Fla., as well as 49 people killed and 53 wounded on that day.

Trump’s tweet is consistent with remarks he made over his presidential campaign invoking the mass shooting, the deadliest in American history, as evidence of the need to confront Islamic extremism. During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump recalled the shooting and said he’d “protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of the hateful, foreign ideology.”

But the tweet contrasts with anti-LGBT policy initiatives from Trump over the course of his administration, such as the revocation of Obama-era guidance assuring transgender kids access to school bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, as well as anti-LGBT appointments like U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson.

As similar violence inspired by violent extremism takes place across the globe, Trump has promoted the idea of a travel ban temporarily banning refugees and immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Courts have enjoined the enforcement of the ban on the basis that it violates due process and freedom of religion and litigation challenging the ban has reached the Supreme Court.

A White House official told the Washington Blade via email the tweet represents Trump’s opposition to violence and commitment to defeating terrorism.

“The president has been clear that he condemns all acts of violence against any American and what happened in Orlando should never happen again,” the official said. “He will always fight against all acts of terrorism against any American.”

In response to a Blade inquiry on the origin of the photo Trump tweeted, the White House official professed to be unaware, but was looking into that.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Trump evidently forgot it’s Pride and didn’t even bother to acknowledge it! He had time to speak before the Conservative Faith and Values Conference but no time for GLBT.

    Further, he hasn’t given a thought to those in Chechnya facing oppression and torture. Why isn’t he offering victims amnesty?

    • You must be a happy camper this afternoon with one of your fellow loons shooting up a “GOP baseball practice”. Go to JR’s and have a beer to celebrate.

      • Yours is a sick reply to Inm3921. He is O so right about Trump. We’re all under the buss if we voted for him or not. Don Davenport you must be a loger who voted for Trump. Your strips are showing, and it’s so sad you believed Trump’s empty promises.

        • You all often blame crimes on republican rhetoric, but when the tables are turned and one of your own commits an act of violence and someone throws your nonsense back at you, then it’s “sick” and mean-spirited.

          P.S. I did not vote for Trump.

          • Most crimes and violence can be traced back to Republican rhetoric so we put the blame on mame rightfully, yet you have tunnel vision over that and only care when it’s not one of your own doing it!

            P.S. Whether you voted for Trump not doesn’t matter since you support him now and his agenda!

          • Stalin, Mao, Castro, the Islamic ideology committed violence and murdered millions but you and your fellow loons are big supporters of them.

          • Hitler and his party let alone a long history of Christian extremists ideology committed violence and murdered millions but you are your fellow right-wing fanatics support them!

            GLBT in particular were subjected to centuries of laws that imprisoned them in Europe and America. In Europe, it was a capital offense costing the lives of many by torture such as the pillory!

            Millions died during the AIDS crisis due to Christian conservatives obstructing attention to it because they labeled a gay disease!

          • Actually Hitler was a great admirer of Islam. He once quoted “The only religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad.”

            Also the leader of the Muslim world during WWII raised a division of Muslim fighters for the German war effort (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mkbBudJu1w).

            At any rate here is peace offering that should warm you and your fellow progressive’s hearts.


            Please ignore the title just as you would the treatment of gays under Islamic law.

            Wishing you a happy pride month and Ramadan blessings. Allah Akbar!!

          • So what? Russia is guilty of abuses and laws that make life miserable for GLBT people there. The legal authorities there ignoring gay bashers and are known to aid them. Further, they do nothing to help with Chechnya. Meanwhile, your fake POTUS casts a blind eye to all of this and actively courts them.
            In addition, your fake POTUS has no issue with Saudi Arabia having laws that impose capital punishment for GLBT! How is he protecting us here? He’s actively courted them to do business deals with the US and said nothing about these abuses.
            You may fool yourself into thinking Trump is doing something by selectively picking a sample of Islamic countries to ban but that is just a political farce!
            You’re a fanatic. Go to Europe and mount a holy crusade for Christendom to march on Islam and stop whining to us about supporting your party or POTUS who do nothing good for us!

          • You must not be a happy snowflake this morning…http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/politics/georgia-house-results-ossoff-handel/index.html

            Must be the Russians interfering again.

            You and your fellow loons should go out and chant “HEY HEY, HO HO, RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN GEORGIA ELECTIONS HAS GOT TO GO!!”

            Please keep it peaceful. No smashing windows, burning cars or toppling over planters.

          • Again, who cares you right-wing crackpot? It’s a red state who passed a constitutional amendment against marriage equality when it was legal to do so. Russia didn’t have to bother!

            You’re a disgrace and embarrassment to the GLBT movement and community! Tell me when I can read about your lobotomy courtesy of those you support who would classify your sexuality as a mental disorder!

          • The Democrats have spent $100’s of millions trying to win back house seats since Trump became president and are 0-5 (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/21/georgia-special-election-gop-boasts-democrats-are-0-5-in-special-house-races.html).

            Just think of what meaningful causes that money could have been used for. It could have been used to fight global warming, err I mean “climate change”, transgender awareness, outreach to two-spirited and Muslim communities, etc.

            Why don’t you and your comrades give a “HEY HEY, HO HO” to the Dems for such a waste of $$$? – HEY HEY, HO HO, FOOLISH DEMOCRATIC WASTING AND SPENDING TO WIN ELECTIONS HAS GOT TO GO!!

            Err come to think of it, maybe some of that money could have been used for research in developing newer protest chants. The “HEY HEY, HO HO” thing is so 1980’s-90’s ;-)

          • How much money could people have in their pockets if we didn’t waste billions on Trump’s border wall let alone tax cuts for the rich and corporations at the expense of the poor and middle class that only drive up the deficit?

            Keep being smug and assuming you will have control of the White House and Congress forever. I recall you had control during the Bush year’s and since then we’ve had Obama in office and the Dems controlling the Senate. Gloat today and cry tomorrow.

            The seats you won were firmly Republican anyway in particular in South Carolina and Georgia!

            Your support of the anti-LGBT fake POTUS and Party has us remember that:
            Can’t wait until your right-wing cronies strap you down and do the following to you except in your case it needs to be an electric cattle prod up your ying yang!

          • Electrocution of gay teens is really bad. Honestly and sincerely I shocked to hear about this (npi).

            About the only one I ever knew who wanted to be willingly shocked was Ace Frehley of KISS, (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7DHbCYSu_w4).

            I’m so against this practice that I give a hardy HEY HEY, HO HO, ELECTROCUTION OF GAY TEENS BY MIKE PENCE HAS GOT TO GO!!!

          • Take your act to the new gong show where acts of your quality usually fit in nicely!

      • How dare you come to me with this BS after your NC Trump supporter went to shoot people in the DC Pizzeria last year based on fake right-wing news!

        Did you go get a beer at JR’s to celebrate when your fellow right-wing loon shot Gabby Giffords, a Democrat?

        Did you think we forgot any of that?

        Crawl back into your viper pit of shame with the rest of your Trump supporters where you slithered out of! Liberal Moongooses won’t have any of it!

        Your fake POTUS’ nasty demeanor, partisan divisionary tactics and unwanted agenda only flames the status quo. It was never this bad under Obama! I’m sure Trump will only making it worse over time!!!!! He’s a failure!!

        • You sound very hateful and bitter. Get off these message boards, take a hot bath and then got outside and shout one of your “HEY HEY, HO HO”chants.

          • Listen to chicken lecture on being hateful and bitter. You’re a hate monger using hysteria over Islam to advance your right-wing agenda all the time!

            Go get an extreme make up over. One that siphons away much of the fat so you can fit into that little black dress and go swishing down P street in your pumps and makeup!!

          • If you truly cared about LGBT rights you would care and speak out against how gays are persecuted under Islamic law. But instead you and your fellow loons ally with slick haters and taqiya pushers like Linda Sarsour. She and her co-religionists hate you more than Trump.
            “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.”Ibn Kathir on 3:28

            Get a load of this one. A devout Muslim murders 49 and injures scores of others at an Orlando night club, and this incident has brought together members who share the same religion as the shooter and those who are of the same orientation of the victims, whom the shooters religion demands be put to death. https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2017/6/12/how-pulse-forged-lasting-partnership-between-muslims-and-lgbts

            And you both vowed to ally against a man who vowed to defeat such violence (Wether he does, remains to be seen).

            As they say, “You can’t make this shlt up.”

          • I can give you many examples of atrocities and laws imposed by Christianity. Even now, they are trying to roll back the clock with religious freedom laws and eliminating the Johnson Amendment to give them tax exempt status to promote ideology and codify it against us!
            Caring about GLBT freedom and rights doesn’t mean giving blind devotion and carte blanche to a political party with a long history of promoting such oppression! You can’t use hysteria to manipulate me into supporting your right-wing agenda and NEVER will! You don’t care about GLBT you only care about your conservative ideology and promoting it!

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