In the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others, many politicians have extended condolences to the families of the victims and expressed solidarity with the city of Orlando. President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday, and all three remaining presidential candidates issued statements condemning the attack.
Here’s statement from Bernie Sanders in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings: pic.twitter.com/pk4dXBRtK8
— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) June 12, 2016
But among responses from conservatives, there’s a trend worth noting: They repeatedly fail to acknowledge that the shooting victims were targeted because they were gay or transgender. Dozens of statements from lawmakers acknowledge “the victims and their families” without mentioning what the victims had in common. Others highlight the role of Islamic radicalization but ignore blatant homophobia. Take a look at these 25 statements on the shooting that sidestep the identity that the victims shared.
Trump’s full statement on the Orlando attack is what you’d expect. pic.twitter.com/9Dj4wvu9KP
— Matt Ford (@fordm) June 12, 2016
We pray for those brutally attacked in Orlando. While we must learn more about the attacker, the victims & families will not be forgotten.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio statement on the Orlando attack @rollcall @CQnow #PrayForOrlando pic.twitter.com/bIYHDVdq7g
— Bridget Bowman (@bridgetbhc) June 12, 2016
Praying for the victims, their families and Florida in the wake of this horrific massacre and act of terrorism. #OrlandoStrong
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and the brave men and women who risked their lives to save others -rj
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 12, 2016
My prayers, and the prayers of all Arkansans, are with the victims of last night’s attack in Orlando and their families.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 12, 2016
Saddened by the tragedy that occurred overnight in Orlando. Praying for the victims, their families, and our dedicated first responders.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families involved in the tragic #Orlando shooting. #PrayForOrlando
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) June 12, 2016
Devastating. Praying for the victims, families and those in Orlando affected by this tragedy. https://t.co/DhTc208QwQ
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 12, 2016
Jaime & I are mourning the lives lost in Orlando & are praying for the wounded. Our hearts ache for the families of the victims. -CG
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this morning’s horrific attack in Orlando and their loved ones.
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) June 12, 2016
Heartbreaking news out of Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, & first responders. #PrayForOrlando
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Orlando and everyone who was impacted by last night’s senseless attack.
— Pete Sessions (@PeteSessions) June 12, 2016
Keeping victims of #Orlando shooting, medical responders & law enforcement officials in my thoughts & prayers. https://t.co/aAeM5emiMm
— Rep. Renee Ellmers (@RepReneeEllmers) June 12, 2016
Following last night’s tragic shooting, my prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of Orlando.
— Rep. Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita) June 12, 2016
Franki and I send our thoughts & prayers to the victims of today’s horrific violence and their loved ones.
— Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) June 12, 2016
Heartbreaking news out of Orlando. We are praying for the first responders, for families who have lost loved ones, and for the many victims.
— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of @PearlandPD Officer Endy Epankya https://t.co/dBorYJmWlx #RIP
— Rep. Pete Olson (@RepPeteOlson) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the terrible attack in Orlando. Thankful for law enforcement who saved more than 30 lives.
— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) June 12, 2016
Praying for the Orlando community in the wake of this morning’s unthinkable act of violence.
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) June 12, 2016
Prayers for the people of Florida, the injured, and the families of those killed. Truly sad and horrific.
— Rep. Scott Tipton (@RepTipton) June 12, 2016
As we keep praying for the victims of the massacre in #Orlando, we must recommit to stamping out every ideology that spreads hate & murder.
— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) June 12, 2016
Deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims, their families, & the first responders.
— Richard Shelby (@SenShelby) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy in Orlando, and to their friends and families. #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) June 12, 2016
I join the nation in mourning the loss of innocent lives in #Orlando, and offer my condolences to all of the victims’ loved ones.
— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) June 12, 2016