Here Are 25 Statements Republicans Gave About the Massacre in Orlando. Guess Which Word None of Them Used?

They say it when pushing discriminatory legisation but won’t say it now.

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In the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others, many politicians have extended condolences to the families of the victims and expressed solidarity with the city of Orlando. President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday, and all three remaining presidential candidates issued statements condemning the attack.

But among responses from conservatives, there’s a trend worth noting: They repeatedly fail to acknowledge that the shooting victims were targeted because they were gay or transgender. Dozens of statements from lawmakers acknowledge “the victims and their families” without mentioning what the victims had in common. Others highlight the role of Islamic radicalization but ignore blatant homophobia. Take a look at these 25 statements on the shooting that sidestep the identity that the victims shared.

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  • Brandon Patterson

    Brandon is a reporter at Mother Jones' San Francisco bureau who covers policing and criminal justice issues. He also writes about queer identity politics. Follow him on twitter at @myblackmindd and email him at bpatterson@motherjones.com.