In its original statement following the Orlando shootings, the Republican National Committee made an attempt to acknowledge that the attack specifically targeted LGBT Americans—a sad attempt, but an attempt nonetheless. But meh, who really cares about that aspect anyway? So they finally just edited gays out altogether. Rebecca Ruiz reports on the line that was just too dangerous to include:
"Violence against any group of people simply for their lifestyle or orientation has no place in America or anywhere else," it said.
The RNC's reference to gender identity and sexual orientation was vague and awkwardly worded. Still, the sentence stood out in a statement that otherwise declined to clearly identify Pulse nightclub as a gay destination or describe the victims as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
But by Monday, the statement had been updated. It was missing that key sentence and contained no explanation for the revision.
RNC spokesperson Lindsay Walters later explained the change:
Walters said the revision was meant to be more inclusive because it invoked a common humanity and referenced all Americans instead of singling out LGBT people.
Right! Including LGBT folks by explicitly excluding them. Because our LGBT-ness might get in the way people seeing our "common humanity."
The GOP—always looking out for us!