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Backlash after Trump tweets controversial thoughts on Orlando shooting

Posted: 6:21 PM, Jun 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-13 09:44:06Z
An Internet firestorm took shape Sunday after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, per usual, made a controversial comment on social media.
 
This time, however, the comment surrounded a much more sensitive and significant topic: The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
 
 
While 50 people died and another 53 were said to be injured following the massacre early Sunday morning, Trump prompted backlash when he allegedly made the incident about himself and his campaign.
 
Trump reacted to the news in the early morning, writing, "Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded." He added in another tweet that the incident was "horrific." 
 
But it was a tweet he sent a few hours later that really got people fuming.
 
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
 
Trump’s comments came after it was revealed the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, called 911 about 20 minutes into his rampage and referenced the Islamic State.
 
A slew of Twitter users were not amused, accusing Trump of indifference to the dozens of families mourning the deaths of loved ones.
 
Republican commentator and daughter of Sen. John McCain, Meghan McCain, even had some words of disbelief for the presidential candidate. 
 
In a later statement the Associated Press reported Trump went on to suggest President Barack Obama should resign because he "refused to even say the words 'radical Islam.’” You can read his full statement on Facebook .