Washington, DC — Over the past few days, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has referred to a high-profile terror attack in Atlanta, Georgia three times. Since the most recent terror attack in Atlanta occurred over 20 years ago during the 1996 Olympics and was carried out by a right-wing American radical, Spicer was forced to clarify his remarks. This afternoon, Spicer stated that he “clearly meant Orlando,” referring to the massacre last June — the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history. Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Media Director Andrew Patrick released the following statement.
“The idea that someone would confuse the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history with a separate city and state, not once, but three times, is inexcusable. Mr. Spicer is the mouthpiece of this administration and his misstatements are insulting to the families and survivors of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. The 49 lives lost were mostly LGBTQ and hispanic individuals, two constituencies that feel left behind by this administration. They deserve better than to be exploited as talking points to support the President’s haphazard political agenda.”