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President Joe Biden observed the fifth anniversary of the Islamic State-inspired terror attack at the Pulse nightclub by expressing the need to honor the lives lost “with action;” not against terrorism, but against guns and LGBT “hate and inequities,” which were not the motivation for the attack. Five years on, Biden — who was Vice President when the shooting occurred — declined to acknowledge the true motivation of the massacre: anti-American, radical Islamic terrorism. A day earlier, the White House held a roundtable with two issue groups — ”LGBTQ+ leaders and gun violence survivors and advocates,” according to the readout — to discuss “the ongoing public health crisis of gun violence in America and the burden that this crisis has on LGBTQ+ communities across our nation.” The president also announced plans to designate the nightclub as a national memorial: “In the coming days, I will sign a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial, enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground,” the statement read.

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