CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s emotional tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre is worth watching in full.

What is not worth anything at all is Donald Trump’s disgraceful reaction to the terror attack, doubling down on his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States and, bizarrely, banning journalists from one of the best newspapers in the country, The Washington Post, from covering his campaign. His initial statement focused on “radical Islamic terror” and immigration (although the murderer was born in America) and completely ignored the fact that the victims were specifically targeted because they were LGBTI. We have fixed it for him:

Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic homophobic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.

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In his remarks today, President Obama acknowledged that the victims were targeted because of their sexuality and reminded Americans to protect and look after each other regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton rightly condemned inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.

If we do not get tough and smart real fast stop spreading fear and hatred, we are not going to have a country anymore. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore demonise the Muslim community and ignore acts of homophobic violence.

The terrorist, Omar Mir Saddique Mateen, is the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan who openly published his support for the Afghanistani Taliban and even tried to run for President of Afghanistan a terrorist with a history of domestic violence, racism and homophobia.

We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and all beliefs, from Radical Islamic Terrorism homophobia, hatred, oppression, racism and violence of all kinds, which has no place in an open and tolerant society. Radical Islam  Donald Trump and many of his supporters advocate hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans. I am going to be a Trump is never going to be President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans at all.

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

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