If you decide to run for the presidency one day, assuming the 2016 race hasn’t scarred you for life, you may need to know a few things about what to expect when you’re not expecting. This week the US experienced its worst mass shooting in its history at a gay nightclub in the middle of LGBT Pride Month, one year after the Supreme Court made its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage. After such a horrifying and incomprehensible event people naturally look to their leaders for guidance and action, and with the modern miracle of social media, their reaction was immediate. Obviously navigating such sensitive and divisive waters requires a deft touch, so what would a presidential candidate be expected to say and do in such a situation?
Above all you must remember to act presidential at all times. So if you’re Donald Trump, you express solidarity with the victims (I’m the real friend of the LGBT community), denounce your opponent (she wants to take away Americans’ guns), while remembering the situation is not all about you (appreciate the congrats for being right about radical Islamic terrorism) and reiterate your strong policy solutions (temporarily ban all Muslims). If you’re Hillary Clinton you debate semantics (radical jihadism or radical Islamism…I think they mean the same thing), call for unity (an attack on any American is an attack on all Americans) and reiterate your strong policy solutions (we need to keep guns…out of the hands of terrorists).
In the midst of a hyper-polarized political season the stakes are greater than ever, especially since several controversial laws about the LGBT community have been kicking up a lot of heat lately. But so far the only debate that has been sparked by this tragedy is the blame game, and whether stricter gun control measures or stricter immigration measures are a better solution to America’s violence problem. However despite the calls to action from the presidential candidates, it’s unlikely that there will be much immediate action on either side, at least until there is a new president. Voters must decide who would be better qualified to handle such difficult situations, and now is the perfect opportunity to see what leadership qualities each candidate chooses to present.
Think that pride can overcome prejudice? Only with a little gum, guile and Guatamalaness. Movie for your mood: The Birdcage