Truman Center and Truman Project Statement on Attack in Orlando

Truman Center and Truman Project Statement on Attack in Orlando


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Washington, DC – In response to the attack in Orlando, the Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project issued the following statement:

Truman President and CEO Michael Breen said, “First and foremost, our thoughts and our hearts are with those affected by this horrendous attack in Orlando—especially our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community. While extremists will seek to divide us and exploit our fears and differences, we will stand with one another to defeat them.

Now is absolutely not the time to question the motives of any American on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion. Those who would leverage popular fear for destructive policies or personal gratification have no business in the leadership of our great nation. The fact that this attack was perpetrated by an angry young man born in and of our country underscores the urgent need for proactive and preventative policies to fight extremism together in every community rather than submitting to divisive fear and reactive, indiscriminate rage.”

Truman Fellow and co-leader of the TruDiversity initiative Anthony Johnson added, “America’s strength lies in our diversity. As our brave law enforcement officials continue to investigate, we will learn more about the facts of this heinous act of terror. In the meantime, we stand united in support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters across the nation; we denounce hate crimes committed against any American, and deplore broader attacks on the values of our society as a whole. Americans need each other more than ever. Now and always, we are stronger together.”