Larry Wilmore slams Trump for post-Orlando tweet: ‘Who brags about this?!’
After the news spread of the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, many took to social media looking for information, spreading messages of hope or trying to find ways to help from miles, even countries, away from the city. All except one person: Donald Trump.
“Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore dedicated the top of his show to shaming Trump for the insensitive and inconsiderate tweets in the wake of such a horrific crime. “When the news broke, the people of this nation were unified in a selfless outpouring of support for the victims and their families. Well, it was selfless except for one person,” Wilmore began before showing the news clip about Trump’s tweet saying he appreciates “the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Yeah, Donald, you were really ahead of the curve on the whole, ‘terrorism is bad’ thing. I mean, honestly, who brags about this?!” Wilmore exclaimed. “It’s like your doctor saying, ‘Yo, dude, I totally called it, you do have cancer.’ But he didn’t just tweet, he redirected the diarrhea from his Twitter account to his face-hole at a press conference,” Wimore said showing the clip of Trump saying “the shooter was born an Afghan, of Afghan parents.”
“No,” Wilmore began dispelling the misinformation. “He was born an American, but his parents emigrated to the United States. So you’re saying we shouldn’t allow immigrants into this country at all. Well, that eliminates two-thirds of your wives. You better give me a better reason, there.”
He continued the clips from Trump’s press conference, where Trump said that the shooter’s father aligns himself with the Taliban and even said he was running for president of Afghanistan.
“So, you’re telling me that his father has radical views, says crazy sh*t and is running for president,” Wilmore said scratching his chin. “Somebody’s trying to steal your thunder, man.”
Wilmore begged for Trump to say something that made sense. What he got was a clip of Trump saying “we have an incompetent administration, and when I’m elected, I will tell you, that will not change, that will not change over the next four years.”
“Ok, that kind of makes sense,” Wilmore said.
Trump blaming President Obama didn’t stop there, however. Trump went from the Twitter vomit to his press conference and back again to Twitter vomit. He called for Obama to “immediately resign in disgrace” if he doesn’t plan to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
After Wilmore’s White House Correspondent’s dinner where Wilmore called Obama “my n*****,” he said he has a direct line to the White House. He picked up a red phone and called to ask what Obama’s comment was to Trump about resigning in disgrace.
“Uhhh, go f*ck yourself,” the other line said.
This demand to use those specific semantics has been a right-wing talking point for years. But in the wake of the tragedy, conservatives had a tough time managing to say words themselves. Wilmore played a clip of Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had to work extra hard not to say the word “gay” in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“Dude, just saying the word, doesn’t make you gay. It’s not Bettlejuice,” Wilmore told Scott. “So, people have no problem saying the word ‘gay’ when they’re against gay marriage, but they have to erase that part of their identity when they want to sympathize with them? Sorry, no. Politicians will tell you this was an attack on American freedom. But let’s be very clear, it was first and foremost an attack on an American minority group. The deadliest mass shooting in American history specifically targeted a gay night club. Not only during pride month, but on the eve of the gay Super Bowl,” he said showing a sign of the Tony Awards.
“In fact, the president took a moment yesterday to make this exact point,” Wilmore continued, showing a clip of Obama talking about Pulse being a place where people did more than just come together to drink and dance. “Yes, a gay bar has historically been the only space where members of the LGBT community can be safe and out about who they are without feeling hated or feeling like a novelty. And unlike other minority groups in America, LGBT people aren’t born into a home or a family that shares their minority experience.”
Wilmore explained that in many ways gay bars can be like black churches. “They offer just as much love, just as much safety and just as much belting by powerful black songstresses. So, all I’m saying is that if a shooting inside a black church forces politicians to take down Confederate flags, then a massacre inside a gay club should force them to wave rainbow flags.”
He cited the increase of hate that the LGBT community has faced over the last several years as their rights have increased. “Within the past five years, 20 percent of hate crimes have targeted sexual orientation. And a study by the FBI finds that LGBT people are more than twice as likely to be the target of violent hate-crime than Jews or black people.”
The conclusion, Wilmore explained, is “whether or not a jihadi extremist attack, this was an attack on gay safe spaces. But for those members of the LGBT community who feel scared, don’t stop singing, dancing or living. We need to bring the vibrant love and joy of a gay club into the outside world. Not bring the outside world’s violent hatred inside gay clubs.”
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