UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. EDT – Prior to his speech in Greensboro, North Carolina, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said President Barack Obama was “angrier at me than he was at the shooter,” referring to Omar Mateen, the killer who murdered 49 people and injured 53 during an armed rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday.
Trump on Obama's comments today: "He was more angry at me than he was at the shooter."
— Lisa Mascaro (@LisaMascaro) June 14, 2016
Earlier Tuesday, the commander in chief said Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric was dangerous and un-American.
UPDATE: 8:08 p.m. EDT – Speaking to a crowd of cheering supporters Greensboro, North Carolina, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump devoted much of his speech to reiterating his tough stance on immigration.
Two days after a U.S.-born son of Afghan immigrants committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, Trump lashed out at the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being anti-feminist and an enemy of the LGBT community.
“A number of these immigrants have a hostile attitude toward women, toward gays, toward members of other faiths,” Trump said, referring to Muslims that come to the United States, including war refugees. “Crooked Hillary, as well know her by, wants to increase these immigration numbers very, very substantially. She’s no friend of women and no friend of LGBT Americans, believe me.”
Trump hit Clinton on taking money from “countries that enslave women,” an indirect reference to Saudi Arabia, which has contributed to the Clinton Foundation. He also accused her of wanting to revoke the Second Amendment, the constitutional guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.
“If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I don’t know if our country will ever, ever come back. I mean it,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is trying to abolish the Second Amendment. She’s trying to take your guns away.”
Donald Trump will celebrate his 70th birthday Tuesday with thousands of supporters — at his latest campaign rally. This time it's in Greensboro, North Carolina, a state that the real estate mogul won handily in the Republican presidential primary in March, so it's likely the crowd will be extra festive.
But aside from his birthday, the presumptive GOP nominee may have another thing on his mind: responding to President Barack Obama. The commander in chief had some disparaging remarks Tuesday concerning Trump's renewed call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. following Sunday morning's deadly shooting rampage in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The rally is to begin at 7 p.m. EDT. To watch a live stream of it, click here or watch the YouTube feed below.
Obama took umbrage at Trump's proposal, asking, "Where does this stop?" The president was questioning what type of a precedent an all-out Muslim ban would establish, the New York Times reported.
“Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance?" Obama asked rhetorically. "Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?”
One point of contention between Obama and Trump is actually a case of semantics — or, at least, that's how the president sees it. Trump would prefer Obama use the phrase "radical Islam," a term the president has avoided. It has led the Republican candidate to suggest Obama does not have the best interest of the country at heart or is even an apologist for terror organizations like the Islamic State group.
“There’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point; it’s not a strategy,” Obama said.
Trump responded in a curt manner, reported CNN. "When I am president, it will always be America first," he said. But he was expected to elaborate considerably during the rally in Greensboro.
In an indication of how eagerly anticipated Trump's rally was in North Carolina, supporters began lining up outside the Greensboro Coliseum hours in advance, local Fox affiliate WGHP reported.