Continually prividing vague descriptions of Omar Mateen’s motivations, Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to describe his mass murder attack as Islamic terrorism. Mateen’s "act of terrori" was rooted in “hatred and intolerance,” said Lynch, using the same language President Barack Obama deploys to describe his right-wing, conservative, and freedom-oriented political detractors.
“I cannot tell you definitively that we will ever narrow it down to one motivation,” said Lynch at a Tuesday press conference in Orlando.
Asked to exposit on Mateen’s motives by a reporter, Lynch remained nebulous.
“People often act out of more than one motivation,” said Lynch. “This was clearly an act of terror and an act of hate. So we will look at all motivations and hope to come to a conclusion.”
Departing partially from the Obama Administration’s commitment to divorce Islamic terrorism from Islam and Muslims, Lynch did refer to “violent Jihadist ideology” she claimed the federal government was committed to combating. Her use of the terms is one of the closest rhetorical connections Lynch has ever made between Islamic terrorism, Islam, and Muslims.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch writes in a book at City Hall expressing sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
“Our diversity makes us stronger,” said Lynch, highlighting the sexual orientation of the majority of those murdered by Mateen in referring to the “LGBT community.” Repeating the refrain of President Barack Obama, Democrats, and the broader left in which political detractors are indicted for “hate” towards LGBT persons, Lynch described the mass murder in Orlando as ironic given what she said was the targeting of victims based on “whom they love.”
Asked by various reporters for details - such as the number of bullets fired, possible failures on the side of the FBI, and authorities’ inquiries into Mateen’s family - of the ongoing investigation of the June 12 attack, Lynch essentially offered no comment.
Despite refusals to share new information about the ongoing investigation, Lynch claimed committment to its transparency, with specific reference to the interests of the victims and their families.
Lynch’s prepared remarks were mostly unchanged during their reading.
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