Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have demonstrated once again a willingness to use any tragedy for political purposes. Palin did a long interview on Breitbart News, and posted a link on her Facebook page, condemning President Obama and blaming him for the terrorist attack in Orlando. She also used this deadly attack as an excuse to condemn Paul Ryan, the leader of the Republican Party. Donald Trump used the massacre as an example of why we should violate the U.S. Constitution and ban a religious group from the country.
It is important to realize that:
- Trump and Palin have totally failed to express any sympathy for the victims and/or their families.
- Trump and Palin have failed to express any outrage that it was a gay bar that was targeted.
- Trump and Palin have failed to mention that it was an assault weapon that was used by the terrorist to kill so many so fast.
- Trump and Palin failed to mention that the club had an armed guard who engaged the gunman. It was after the officer “engaged” the gunman that he took hostages. Clearly the fact that it was an assault weapon used by the terrorist, resulted in a dramatic disadvantage for the officer attempting to protect the victims.
However the most outrageously misleading suggestion by Trump and Palin is that this tragedy would not have happened if Obama had banned muslim immigrants. The gunman in the Orlando massacre was Omar Mateen. He was a 29-year-old security guard who was born in New York to Afghan parents. Omar was an American citizen, BORN IN AMERICA.
Mr. Mateen was born in 1987, during the Ronald Reagan administration.
If there is one President Sarah Palin has hailed as the President she most admires,it is Ronald Reagan. Reagan served from ’81-’89. It is not known when Omar’s parents immigrated, but it seems likely it was during the Reagan administration. Because Omar was a 29 year old American citizen, a tighter ban on Muslim immigrants during the Obama administration would have made no difference on the ability of Omar to inflict this horrendous carnage. Obama has called for stricter gun control laws.
Yet Palin ignores the fact that the extent of the carnage inflicted was the result of the use of an assault weapon.
Sarah Palin has marketed herself as an outspoken advocate of guns. She was given an assault weapon by the NRA as a “tribute” to her.
Track’s recent incident of domestic violence proved that the Palins keep assault weapons in the house. Sarah had the audacity to suggest that Track committed domestic violence as a result of PTSD, and it was Obama’s fault. It has been shown that Track did not see combat, and instead drove a jeep. However if he had PTSD, why would his mother allow assault weapons in the house?
And if Palin is so concerned about her son’s well-being, maybe instead of complaining about what’s happening in Washington, she could keep an eye on the assault weapons and alcohol situation under her own roof.
Trump has been equally outspoken in his advocacy of guns.
Trump argued that the recent massacre in Paris would have “played out differentlywith the bullets flying in the other direction.”
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too.”
Trump said there’s another way to fight crime-by empowering “law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves.”
“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people.”
“If goodpeople had guns in Paris or San Bernardino…you would have had bullets going in the opposite direction and believe me the carnage would not have been the same.” (Forbes reporting on the endorsement of Trump by the NRA)
However in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve” Trump said: “I support the ban on assault weapons and I support slightly longer waiting periods to purchase a gun.”
Today Trump says: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, …”
The only thing Trump was right about was a stricter control over assault weapons. Sarah Palin was never right about anything.