Washington Reacts to Orlando Shooting


Reaction to the largest mass shooting in U.S. history came from the highest levels of the government and organizations.

Congressional leaders quickly condemned the attack in the Orlando nightclub. 

The President called it an act of terror and hate.

Waking up this morning flags on all federal buildings will be at half-staff to honor the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

50 people died and another 53 injured.

The President was briefed immediately. “The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub — it is a place of solidarity and empowerment.” President Barack Obama

Senator Bernie Sanders summed up how Congressional leaders responded. “Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of the 50 plus people who lost their lives,” said Sanders. 

Hillary Clinton tweeted that her “thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act.”

Donald trump tweeted he was “praying for all the victims and their families, but then took credit for his Radical Islam claims, calling for more toughness and vigilance

Vigils were held in cities like Austin, Texas and Indianapolis and countries like Brazil for the victims of Omar Mateen’s terror.

In Washington, the gay men’s choir sang the national anthem on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and people gathered at the White House. “To be able to share in the grief of what happened in Orlando, that’s a sense of community is, is special,” said Steve Adler, Austin Mayor

This morning, President Obama will be briefed by the FBI Director, Homeland Security Secretary, and the Deputy Attorney General on the latest terror links in the attack.

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