The Impact of Orlando's Tragedy on the 2016 Presidential Election

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, and Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, discuss the Orlando shooting and presidential politics on NBC10 news. Jim said, “What happened in Orlando was a terrible tragedy and a terrible act of terrorism and the worst act of terrorism since 9/11 that this country has suffered. For Democrats to come out now and try to score political points with an assault weapon ban, a weapons ban is a little disingenuous. Especially given the fact they had the presidency, the House and the Senate in 2009 and 2010 and this was never part of their agenda.” Mark responded saying, “After Sandy Hook, fifty-four Republican senators voted against stopping people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns … no sane person can argue that this country needs assault weapons to be sold to anyone with a driver’s license to keep this country safe. How many more deaths Jim, will it take before the pro-life party says no to the NRA?” When asked about Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration, Mark says, “Orlando was Donald Trump’s first test of his ability to lead this country at a time of crisis. He got an F-. He doubled down on the unconstitutional Muslim ban. He accused the president of the United States of complicity in the terrible slaughter. He lied about the birthplace of the murderer. This man is not qualified to be president.” Jim’s response was, “What [Donald Trump] did do was come out very strongly and take positions and point out the fact that this administration has been woefully deficient in leadership as it pertains to ISIS. Whether it’s a bad deal with Iran, a botched issue in Libya, and countless other issues relative to foreign policy where he’s been an abysmal failure while Hillary Clinton’s been secretary of state.”

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