*(Via NY Times/MSN News) – Donald J. Trump on Sunday pounced on the news of the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub to underscore his presidential campaign’s central message — that the United States needs to be tougher to combat Islamist terrorism.
“When will this stop?” Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wrote in a Twitter post shortly before noon. “When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?”
About an hour later, he amplified that point, writing: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
With the federal authorities describing the shooting as an act of terrorism and identifying the gunman as an American citizen born to Afghan parents, Mr. Trump demanded that President Obama portray the deadliest mass shooting in American history as an example of homegrown jihad.
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism?” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter shortly before Mr. Obama’s remarks Sunday afternoon. “If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!” (Mr. Obama called the assault “an act of terror,” but focused his remarks chiefly on the loss of lives.)
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