According to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, our nation’s chief law enforcement officer and lawyer, the “most effective response” to terrorism is compassion, unity and love.
The remarks came during a speech delivered in Orlando Tuesday, where Lynch addressed the LGBT community and expressed the administration’s solidarity with those struggling.
“We stand with you to say that the good in this world far outweighs the evil, that our common humanity transcends our differences, and that our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it’s unity, and it’s love,” Lynch said.
“We stand with you today as we grieve together, and long after the cameras are gone, we will continue to stand with you as we grow together in commitment, in solidarity, and in equality.”
While some are likely to find her speech heartfelt and sincere, others will likely see her response as part of a larger attempt to control the post-Orlando narrative and obfuscate the ideology which motivated Omar Mateen.
Earlier in the week, administration officials, including Lynch, attempted to redact portions of the 911 calls placed by Mateen, specifically the portions where Mateen expressed his radical Islamist sympathies and pledged himself to ISIS.
The administration’s official explanation described the transcripts a “distraction” and cited a desire to redact portions that may upset members of the victims’ families.
This excuse was largely rejected, however, and identified by critics as a cynical means of directing the narrative away from radical Islam and toward a call for gun control.