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      How Trump, Clinton, and Other US Politicians Reacted to the Orlando Attack

      How Trump, Clinton, and Other US Politicians Reacted to the Orlando Attack How Trump, Clinton, and Other US Politicians Reacted to the Orlando Attack How Trump, Clinton, and Other US Politicians Reacted to the Orlando Attack
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      2016 Us Election

      How Trump, Clinton, and Other US Politicians Reacted to the Orlando Attack

      By VICE News

      Authorities are still investigating exactly what led to the killing of more than 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, but in the aftermath of the attack — the deadliest mass shooting in US history — the debate around national security and gun control is ramping up.

      Both Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and Hillary Clinton, his likely Democratic opponent in the November general election, have warned the other candidate would make Americans more vulnerable to attacks.

      Clinton promised she would make gun control laws more stringent. Trump has dismissed such a move as an unnecessary infringement on the rights of gun owners, saying everyone would be safer if more people had firearms.

      Related: Here's Everything We Know So Far About the Florida Nightclub Shooting

      Trump, who has proposed banning all Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, first tweeted "Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded."

      Trump also fired back at President Barack Obama following his statement on the shooting.

      Clinton also weighed in.

      Clinton tweeted the same statement in Spanish. After more information about the shooting came out, the former secretary of state issued another more detailed statement.

      "This was an act of terror," Clinton wrote. "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."

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

      Related: President Obama Says Florida Nightclub Shooting is an 'Act of Terrorism'

      Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning and described the attacks as "unthinkable" and "horrific." Sanders also reiterated his position on gun control. "I've believed that we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people, and we've got to do everything we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them," he said.

      Florida's Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged people in Central Florida to donate blood to help victims wounded in the shooting. Around 53 people were injured, and many are reportedly in critical condition.

      Other politicians also tweeted their sympathies.

      The country's first openly lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, released a statement saying the attack wasn't just on the LGBT community but on "the freedoms we all hold dear."

      Reuters contributed to this report

      Topics: hillary clinton, donald trump, 2016, bernie sanders, marco rubio, election, politics, orlando shooting, pulse nightclub, gay rights, gun control, national security, americas, 2016 us election

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