Monday, June 13, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
|The worst mass shooting in United States history did little to halt the politicking of the 2016 presidential election. If anything, in some respects, it accelerated it.|
|Fifty people died in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and the suspect, who was born in the United States to immigrants from Afghanistan, was reported to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. President Obama called the shooting both “an act of terror” and an “act of hate,” and he postponed an appearance with Hillary Clinton scheduled for Wednesday in Wisconsin.|
|Mrs. Clinton issued a statement after the president spoke, offering similar thoughts and condolences to the victims and their families, and a quick plea to curtail the availability of guns, before concluding, “This is a time to stand together and resolve to do everything we can to defend our communities and country.”|
|Donald J. Trump took a different tack. Mr. Trump offered prayers for the victims, but he swiftly criticized Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama throughout the day. He also posted praise for himself on Twitter for his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants. “Must be tough,” Mr. Trump wrote in one post, calling for Mr. Obama to resign in another post for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”|
|Mr. Trump’s proposed ban would not have prevented this attack; the suspect was a United States citizen. Still, Mr. Trump is forging ahead with a speech on Monday that was to be about Mrs. Clinton but will now focus on national security.|
|Mrs. Clinton had plans to deliver a speech condemning Mr. Trump as a demagogue, but she is now expected to broaden it toward national security.|
|Nearly four years ago, when a gunman killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., Mr. Obama halted his campaign, and Mitt Romney, then the Republican nominee, canceled a speech. The nature and tenor of national politics has changed a great deal since then.|
Chet Strange for The New York Times
By JONATHAN MARTIN
Mr. Trump underscored his presidential campaign’s central message — that the United States needs to be tougher to combat Islamist terrorism.
By YAMICHE ALCINDOR
Mr. Sanders told reporters at his home in Vermont that he had no intention of leaving the race, though he did recognize the long odds he faced.
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ AND RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, also wounded 53 people in the worst mass shooting in American history before dying in a SWAT raid, law enforcement officials said.
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Saying the shootings were “an act of terror and an act of hate,” Mr. Obama again called for an agreement on “common-sense” gun measures.