A gunman opened fire on Sunday night on the Las Vegas strip during Jason Aldean concert.
At least 50 are believed to be dead from the attack, as well as 200 injured, which took place around the Mandalay Bay casino area.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, issued a statement on Twitter the morning following the attack:
People have contrasted his tweet to the response he gave on the campaign trail to the Orlando shooting in 2016, in which he was quick to blame Muslim terrorists.
Omar Mateen, born in New York to an immigrant family from Afghanistan, killed 49 people in LGBT nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida last June. Shortly afterwards, Trump gave a speech in which he said:
The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here
That is a fact, and it's a fact we need to talk about.
He then laid out the beginnings of his so-called 'Muslim travel ban'.
Trump also tweeted in response to the incident:
At the time he also said of then-President Barack Obama:
Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t believe it
People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.
At the time, Obama retorted forcefully:
What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make Isil [Isis] less committed to try to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?
The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.
People have criticised his long history of criticising Muslim perpetrators or terrorist violence, and not condemning secular or Christian perpetrators for similar acts:
A non-exhaustive comparison of the response by President Trump to terror attacks depending on whether the perpetrat… https://t.co/IxGKAYhAAK— Miqdaad Versi (@Miqdaad Versi) 1506947575
Trump’s reaction to the Orlando attack by Islamist Extremist vs the Las Vegas attack by a white man https://t.co/gIFs71mTBA— Gemma (@Gemma) 1506948420
As a predominant american white male you must condemn this act on behalf of all american white males and ban all wh… https://t.co/QcDnKrA605— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 1506946980
You seem confused. Maybe because white Christian Trump voters are stupid. Trump blamed Obama for Orlando.… https://t.co/eZ71RSbQzQ— Nerdynerd (@Nerdynerd) 1506949017
Las Vegas had worst mass shooting in US history 50 dead, 200+ injured. Stephen Paddock is the gunman. Will Trump call it terrorism?— A Karani O (@A Karani O) 1506945601
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