The Orlando shooting, which killed 49 people and injured 53 is unequivocally a hate crime.
Writing for the Independent Douglas Robertson explained:
This attack has resonated with LGBT people all across the world, because it could have been any of us in that club. It could have been our friends, our family, ourselves, which is why it’s important to me that this attack is represented for what it is: in the words of President Obama, 'an act of hate', perpetrated against everyone in the gay community.
One particular Australian politician, Peter Madden, failed to grasp that concept, and in the wake of the shooting, tweeted the following:
No no no.
The internet, in a show of collective thinking, had exactly the same response:
Even after all the comments, Madden appeared to be digging a rather large hole:
In the end, Madden apologised and denied that he was linking Orlando to gay marriage, but his original tweet remains on his Twitter account.