An editorial in the New York Times Wednesday about the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando throws the blame at the feet of Republicans who have opposed same-sex marriage and gender-neutral bathrooms.

Regarding the massacre at the LGBT nightclub, the NY Times says it is a “reminder that in many corners of the country, gay and transgender people are still regarded as sinners and second-class citizens who should be scorned.”

It all comes from Republican “prejudice,” according to the NY Times:

“While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear, it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians.  Hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum.  They occur where bigotry is allowed to fester, where minorities are vilified and where people are scapegoated for political gain.  Tragically, this is the state of American politics, driven too often by Republican politicians who see prejudice as something to exploit, not extinguish.”

However, reportedly, Omar Mateen was a registered Democrat – not a Republican.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Related News:  Mateen was SECOND TERRORIST connected to this Florida mosque.[/pullquote]

During his slaughter at the Pulse nightclub, he called 911 and pledged his allegiance to an ISIS leader, and expressed solidarity to Moner-Muhammad Abu Salha, another former worshipper of the same mosque where Mateen attended, who carried out a suicide mission in Syria.

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