The world reaction to the shooting in Orlando was full of rainbows and calls for more tolerance, and determination for LGBTQ rights.
Meanwhile, not a single congressional Republican who tweeted about the shooting mentioned LGBTQ people.
Republicans’ silence is actually quite apt. As a party, after all, the GOP has spent decades attempting to degrade sexual minorities and even drive them out of public life. It is altogether fitting, then, that conservative politicians are erasing LGBTQ people from their own tragedy. The gesture of support, I suppose, is basically benevolent. But let’s be clear about this: The 50 victims of Orlando’s LGBTQ nightclub massacre died as full and equal citizens under the law in spite of the Republican party’s best efforts to relegate them to second-class citizenship.
A Republican congressman suggests Pulse wasn’t a gay club: “It was mostly Latinos” https://t.co/MFUfMGBPJi
— Quartz (@qz) June 15, 2016
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