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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:46 PM

Obama: 'An act of terror and an act of hate' [View all]



President Barack Obama on Sunday declared the worst mass shooting in U.S. history “an act of terror and an act of hate.”

“Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder, a horrific massacre, of dozens of innocent people,” Obama said, addressing the nation after meeting with FBI Director James Comey and his homeland security and national security advisers. “We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.”

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was on a trip to China with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for cybersecurity talks, announced they will return to Washington and that she will take charge of the investigation.

“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends, our fellow Americans, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," the president said. "The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub. It is a place of solidarity and empowerment, where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate for their civil rights.”

The massacre is a “sobering reminder,” he continued, that an attack on any American is an attack on every American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.


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