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Trump's Tweet About Pulse Victims Reminded Many of His Initial 'I Told You So' Reaction to the Attack

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: US President Donald Trump (R) participates in the 'Roads, Rails, and Regulatory Relief roundtable meeting', at the Department of Transportation on June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump's Tweet About Pulse Victims Reminded Many of His Initial 'I Told You So' Reaction to the Attack

"We will never forget how you used the situation for an opportunity."

Published June 12, 2017

  1. On the anniversary of the Pulse Night Club attack, President Trump tweeted a message of remembrance
  2. Although the tweet was very presidential, some remembered what then-candidate trump tweeted immediately after the tragedy
  3. And many commented on the president's tweet to remind him of his opportunistic response to the attack
  4. Others focused on how his anti-LGBT policies contradict his message of support
  5. Regardless of any Trump tweets, this year has been difficult for many of the Pulse survivors

    In the "Dear Orlando" photo series, the survivors, family members and first responders of the attack detail their personal accounts from the evening. They not only talk about what they experienced on that terrifying night, but they also express how they've changed as a result. 

    Luis Roldan is a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting. He was the former partner of Eddie Justice, who died that night. ** It was a dream, but it felt so realistic. I was by my car, in a parking lot. It was like I was in heaven. Eddie gives me a hug and he gives me a kiss. And the kiss and the hug felt, so real. I'm not joking, it felt really real. I've never felt a dream that real. He said, “thank you.” Those words: Thank you. He said, “I love you”, and I was like, “I love you too.” But, it was so short. Then he says this, “but I have to leave it's time.” I'm screaming no. He goes I'm sorry babe. He walks off as if he’s an angel cause it was white. I wake up. I'm not even crying. I'm smiling. Like I feel my lips at times, and at that time it felt so real, and I've never felt that before. I called his mom and she’s said, “I'm the only one who hasn't had a dream of him”. She thinks that it's because maybe he doesn't want to hurt her more than she's already hurting or something. Maybe she's not ready to see him in a dream. From that day is when I felt we're okay because we never really got to talk about things after our argument. That night, Eddie’s friend came up to me and I was like hey he’s there, and I was like f**k him I don't want to talk to him, I don't have time for that. I don't want to talk to him. I think that dream was like the closure between me and him. But, it felt so realistic, and I never really believed in things like that. Until that happened.

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    The music was cut off, just the disco lights. No sounds. Just us talking, our radios going and we had to lower them. My radio didn't work. Phones start ringing all over the place. The one that gets me is the one iPhone that was next to my feet that just kept going and going and going. I'm looking at the wall, I'm looking at the opening and I looked down, I looked back up, looked down, looked back up. I knew what it was. It was a phone but it kept catching me off guard. I would see the caller ID, the picture. I was like, "I know this person's never going to be able to pick up this phone again." It was just ringing, ringing, ringing and with the vibration. The blood is coming out of all these poor people. It started making a pool of blood and it just started carrying away. I was like, "Wow." That's when it started hitting me like, "Holy cow. This is something real serious." ************************************* Omar Delgado is a police officer with the Eatonville Police Department a suburb of Orlando. He returned to the club with Dear World after sitting for this interview. *Interviews are edited and condensed *Portrait by Daymon Gardner for Dear World

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Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)


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