On the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Americans remember the horrible act that took the lives of 49 Americans. However, Laura Loomer, a Republican hopeful that’s looking to unseat Florida Rep. Lois Frankel (D) in the upcoming 2020 election, is taking aim at Frankel’s response to the shooting.
After pledging allegiance to ISIS, shooter Omar Mateen turned his rifle and handgun on dozens of nightclub patrons, killing 49 and wounding many others back in 2016.
On Twitter, Frankel remembered the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, commenting that “it has been 4 years since 49 innocent lives were lost at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando – 49 loved ones taken away from their families & friends, in one hateful act.” She added that she was “proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community to honor their memories, fight for equality, & to #EndGunViolence.”
It has been 4 years since 49 innocent lives were lost at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando—49 loved ones taken away from their families & friends, in one hateful act.
I'm proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community to honor their memories, fight for equality, & to #EndGunViolence.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) June 12, 2020
In response, Loomer has slammed the response that Frankel and Democrats have provided, arguing that they “are refusing to admit this was an act of Islamic terrorism, and are instead attacking law-abiding gun owners.”
At the time of the attack, even then-President Barack Obama himself called the mass shooting as "an actor of terror and act of hate."
"We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate," President Obama said during a White House address to the nation.
Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) is just one of many Democratic legislators that refuses to say the shooting was a radical Islamic terror attack.
Exactly 4 years after 49 mostly LGBTQ people were murdered at @pulseorlando, Trump just finalized his plan to strip healthcare away from our community--during a pandemic. Because sinking to the lowest possible level is all he knows how to do. https://t.co/hbDvUEb6bn
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) June 12, 2020
Loomer explained that “after failing to gain entry to Disney World, Mateen’s original target, he chose Pulse nightclub as the location of his terrorist attack,” adding that “the Islamic terrorist was outraged by the killing of ISIS leader Abu Waheeb a month earlier, which is why he stormed the gay nightclub… while pledging allegiance to ISIS.”
And, four years later, Loomer admits that “democrats still deny it was an act of Islamic terrorism to this day," even after President Obama has already labeled it as a terror attack.
“The Democrats have decided to let their insane political correctness and refusal to address Islamic terrorism hijack discussions of public safety at any and all costs, even if it means blatantly lying to constituents as Lois Frankel did, and continues to do," stated Loomer.