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UPDATED: Florida Terror Attack Mass Shooting – Here’s What You Can Do: Donate, Give Blood, Attend A Vigil

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Here’s What You Can Do to Help and Show Solidarity Against Hate

50 people are dead, 53 others are injured in the country’s deadliest mass shooting, and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Here’s what you can do to help and show solidarity against hate.

The shooting began around 2 AM EDT Sunday morning at the gay nightclub Pulse, which was celebrating Latin Night. Approximately 320 guests were in the attendance. Pulse, which bills itself as “not just another gay club,” took to its social media to offer the following after the shooting:  

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Omar Mateen, 29, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been identified as the suspected shooter. He has also been identified as having active security officer and firearm licenses, and was killed after a SWAT team entered the establishment after 5 A.M. Police subsequently recovered both a handgun and an assault rifle.

The suspect’s father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News, “this has nothing to do with religion.” Seddique continued that his son “got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago” and believes that may be related to the shooting.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer this morning issued the following statement:

“We are dealing with something we never imagined. Since the last update, we have gotten better access to the building, cleared the building. It is with great sadness I share that we have 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter. Because of the scale I have called Governor Scott to request a state of emergency and we are issuing a state of emergency in the City. This allows us to bring additions resources to support our efforts.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Police have asked that anyone with information concerning the shooting come forward. The City of Orlando’s crisis hotline has been set up to help identify potential family members who may have been in attendance, 407-246-4357.

Additionally, counselors are being provided and may be contacted at 407-228-1446.

An urgent need for O-, O+ and AB Plasma donors has been issued. OneBlood asks that donors call 1-888-936-6283 or click here. The Orange County Firefighters also tweeted a request for blood donations:

(The FDA banned gay male and bisexual blood donation in 1983, and in 2015 revised its rules to allow gay and bisexual men who have been celibate for a full year to donate.)

NOTE: Bans on blood donations have not been dropped, contrary to many false reports. 

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to help support the victims and their families.

You can make a financial donation to the donate to the Orlando Regional Medical Center on its website.

The next media briefing is scheduled for 1:30 PM EDT, which may change.

President Barack Obama is also scheduled to address the nation at 1:30 PM EDT.

VIGILS:

You can attend a vigil to show your support:

Houston 

New York

Allentown

Indianapolis:

Spokane

Toronto:

San Francisco:

Dallas

Tampa:

 

Nashville 

UPDATE: Marriage Equality USA has compiled a list of vigils across the country. 

UPDATE II 3:25 PM EDT - 

Mayor Buddy Dyer has advised per his Facebook page that, “we are setting up a website, Cityoforlando.net/victims, that will be updated with the names of the deceased after the next of kin is notified.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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Trump Swears Dems Are Calling Him Begging to Negotiate on the Stimulus — but He ‘Got Everything He Wanted’ Already

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President Donald Trump side-stepped Congress to pass his own stimulus bailout with a series of executive orders. Now, however, he’s claiming Democrats are desperate to negotiate with him on the coronavirus bill.

Speaking to the press while leaving another vacation weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said Democrats are “calling him.”

“They’re much more inclined to make a deal now than two days ago,” Trump said.

It’s unclear which Democrats he spoke to, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t indicate she spoke to the president during interviews with the Sunday morning talk shows.

Trump also said that he’s been “personally” involved in negotiating the bill. In reality, it was his chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. So, Trump had to correct himself, saying he was involved “personally, you know, through my representatives.”

Neither Trump nor the White House or the GOP has clarified why negotiation is needed with Democrats if Trump already fixed everything through his slate of executive orders. It seems to fly in the face of Saturday’s press conference and the slew of headlines that followed.

 

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‘Angry’ Trump Michigan Voters Admit They Want ‘This Nightmare to End’ in November

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President Donald Trump’s Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.

In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they’d met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.

Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn’t lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.

“I’m turning into more of an angry person than I’ve ever been in my life,” she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. “I’ve just got a countdown to November now, and I’m hoping we’ll wake up from this nightmare we’re in.”

She later explained that she was attracted to Trump in 2016 because he was a businessman who she thought would make the right decisions. But she’s now watching business leaders make those right decisions and Trump making the wrong ones.

Hal Ostrow once called himself “politically homeless,” but now things have changed for him too.

“I think we’re seeing it on a daily basis — this delegitimizing of pillars of our society, of institutions of government, everything from COVID testing to choices we’ve got to make for our kids. And there is just a void of leadership at the top,” he said.

Ostrow also explained that the “law and order” message from Trump isn’t really effective because the kind of “law and order” Trump wants isn’t resonating with suburban voters.

Morse agreed, saying, “we’re not 1950s housewives anymore. We’re educated, strong women, who are trying to raise families while working full time out of the home. So, to make a statement saying, we’re going to be — to defund the police and we’re going to be overrun in our communities by all these bad people, it’s ludicrous!”

Jerry Stepanovich was a Trump voter who was parroting the language the Trump used about the “witch hunt” against him. Now things have changed.

“Some of his statements, some of the buffoonery,” he said as a reason for his diversion from solid Trump supporters. “Some of his actions and also when he said, ‘we’re going to knock this right down,’ that’s — that ain’t gonna happen.”

When asked what he would have done differently, he said Trump’s “blasé” attitude claiming “yeah, we’ll take care of this,” is what Stepanovich found questionable. “The bravado — that’s kind of irking me right now.”

See the clip below:

 

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White House Turmoil as Mnuchin and Navarro Got in ‘Knockdown, Drag-Out’ Yelling Match – as Trump Sat and Watched: Report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.

One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.

The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.

During the discussion, Navarro reportedly accused Mnuchin of being soft on China and the two were described as getting into screaming match with each other in front of the president.

The Post adds the confrontation “was preceded by months of backroom dealings among investors, lobbyists and executives. Many of these stakeholders long understood the critical nature of establishing close connections with key figures in the Trump administration,” before adding, Trump signed an executive order Thursday ordering a shut down of TikTok’s U.S. operations if a divestiture did not occur by September.

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