Orlando Shooting: Trump Sees Backlash Over "Congrats" Tweet; Clinton Calls Attack an "Act of Terror"

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"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism," said Trump in a post Sunday morning as many looked to see the reactions of the presumptive presidential nominees.

In the wake of Saturday night's horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in which 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded, many looked to see the reactions of the presumptive presidential nominees on Sunday. The act of terrorism marks the worst mass shooting in American history.

Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton first took to Twitter to say, "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."

GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump also woke up to the news, and continued to tweet throughout the morning.

But it was his tweet referencing "congrats" over being "right on radical Islamic terrorism" that caused a swift reaction on social media, with many questioning how Trump would handle such a massacre if he were indeed elected president of the United States.

Throughout their morning coverage, CNN questioned Trump's continual tweeting as the news developed, and others, such as George Takei, John Legend and Eric Stonestreet, criticized Trump's handling of the situation. According to Buzzfeed News, Clinton's campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri responded to Trump's words as well, stating, "This act of terror is the largest mass shooting in American history and a tragedy that requires a serious response. Hillary Clinton has a comprehensive plan to combat ISIS at home and abroad and will be talking to the American people in the coming days about steps she would take to keep the country safe."

Palmieri also stated: "In contrast, Donald Trump put out political attacks, weak platitudes and self-congratulations. Trump has offered no real plans to keep our nation safe and no outreach to the Americans targeted, just insults and attacks. In times of crisis more than ever, Americans are looking for leadership and deserve better."

President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Sunday, saying the White House is working with the FBI and national security to investigate the shooting. He called it "the most deadly shooting in American history."

As Obama began his address, Trump again took to Twitter.

On Sunday afternoon, Clinton released a statement seconding Obama's earlier statements, calling the events an "act of terror" and also "an act of hate."

Read Clinton's full statement, which she shared via her Twitter account, below.

I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando, their families and the first responders who did everything they could to save lives.

This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad.

That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.

This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.

Finally, we need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.

This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country.

Clinton continued to tweet after releasing her statement.

Trump later released his own statement on his official website. In that, he echoed his tweet directed at Obama by saying that "our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist," calling the incident "the worst terrorist attack" in the U.S. since 9/11. After expressing his sympathy for the victims, Trump criticized Obama and Clinton for not using the words "Radical Islam," saying they should both resign.

"If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore," Trump continued. "Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen — and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can't afford to be politically correct anymore.
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He claimed that Clinton "wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term — and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing."

He said he would protect all Americans from "Radical Islamic Terrorism."

Read Trump's full statement below.

Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.



In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam'. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'Radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency.



If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can't afford to be politically correct anymore.



The terrorist, Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, is the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan who openly published his support for the Afghanistani Taliban and even tried to run for President of Afghanistan. According to Pew, 99% of people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia Law. 



We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year. Since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in terrorism in the United States.


Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term – and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing.

 We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and all beliefs, from Radical Islamic Terrorism - which has no place in an open and tolerant society.

Radical Islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans. I am going to be a President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans. We are going to make America safe again and great again for everyone.

The shooter, who has been identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, stormed the Pulse nightclub late Saturday night wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun, opening fire on the crowd before being killed in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said on Sunday.

The tragedy rocked the nation and the LGBT community, occurring mere hours before parades were to kick off around the country in celebration of Pride Month.

Follow all of The Hollywood Reporter's updating coverage on the breaking news story here.

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