President Donald Trump on Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, vowing in a tweet that America will “NEVER FORGET” the 49 victims who lost their lives in the tragedy.
But for many of his critics, his sentiments came a year too late.
On the day of the shooting on June 12, 2016, before most of the victims were even identified, Trump, then a candidate, sent out a tweet congratulating himself on “being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he wrote at the time. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
Now some of Trump’s critics are taking to Twitter to remind the world of his initial tweet — and to accuse the president himself of “pretending to care.”
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The backlash also came amid criticism from the LGBTQ community that Trump has failed to officially recognize June 2017 as Pride Month.
Tweeted on Twitter user: “#Orlando #LGBTQ doesn’t appreciate his snub on #Pride I personally feel he used Grief over #Pulse 2push DT’s agenda.”