As we reported earlier today, the official White House website hails June as “National Homeownership Month,” “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” “National Caribbean-Ameriacn Heritage Month,” “National Ocean Month,” and “Great Outdoors Month.” However, it makes absolutely no mention of the fact that it’s also Pride month, too.
That’s just one of several reasons people are furious at Donald Trump for a tweet he sent late last night to ostensibly pay tribute to the victims of the Pulse massacre last year, which left 49 people dead.
The tweet reads:
“We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting. #OrlandoUnitedDay.”
We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting. #OrlandoUnitedDay pic.twitter.com/OFFUVAFBJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2017
Many people in the Twitterverse found the tweet disingenuous, reminding the President that he basically said “I told you so” in the aftermath of the tragedy while still a presidential candidate.
Remembering the victims of this senseless and hateful crime is IMPORTANT but it is MORE IMPORTANT to protect them in the first place!
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) June 12, 2017
We will also never forget how you made the shooting about you one year ago today. https://t.co/TYAhNUVn4h
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) June 12, 2017
A year ago today you were celebrating how "right" you were about terrorism. Literally the first tweet you sent after this tragedy. #impeach
— Sara Leonard (@g33kgurli) June 12, 2017
You mean the people whose deaths you exploited to advance a prejudicial agenda?
— Eric Garant (@garanteric) June 12, 2017
You have some nerve tweeting this after how you reacted last year. And given how poorly you treat latinx Americans it's even more grotesque
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 12, 2017
Others took issue with Trump’s reversal of Obaba’s advances in transgender rights and the fact that he chose the floridly antigay Mike Pence as his Vice President.
this ALL CAPS tweet does not absolve u frm throwing the entire LGBTQ comm. under the bus after your election. Liar!
— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) June 12, 2017
We will never forget your blatent disregard for lgbt rights, your appointment of homophobic Mike Pence, your talks at anti lgbt conferences
— Kira (@Light_Yagami128) June 12, 2017
.And Americans will never forget ur recent meeting with anti-LGBT bigots and fact u picked Mike Pence as VP: https://t.co/0EtgDMY3nz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) June 12, 2017
Until you stand up for LGBTQ people please refrain from USING us.
— LifeByWhatever (@LifeByWhatever) June 12, 2017
Good – then STOP signing away protections for LGBT people, stop encouraging bigotry, & embrace equality! Words are 1 thing, actions another.
— Maureen Tracy (@MaureenTracy2) June 12, 2017
A large majority reminded Trump that his White House isn’t even officially recognizing Pride month, and that he doesn’t expressly mention that the massacre occurred at a gay club:
A great way to honor them would be by actually acknowledging Pride month.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) June 12, 2017
You forgot them all of pride month. You refuse to celebrate the living and you use the death of our community to further your bigoted agenda
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) June 12, 2017
You and your rabid minions won't even recognize Pride Month – you and them do not get to use #OrlandoUnitedDay
— Steven (@steven_damiano) June 12, 2017
You don't care about LGBTQ people and you shill for the NRA to prevent any sensible gun control. How dare you talk about #PulseNightclub??
— Brian (@bridoc) June 12, 2017
Saying "Pulse" isn't the same as naming the LGBT community targeted by hate. You've already forgotten the victims. #HonorThemWithAction
— NadineEqualitySmith (@1NadineSmith) June 12, 2017
Also remember that the vast majority of the victims were #LGBTQ. Keep that in mind as you evaluate policies affecting that community.
— Steve Charing (@SteveCharing) June 12, 2017