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Morrissey responds to the Orlando shootings and Donald Trump

The singer has written an open letter criticising the US presidential candidate’s response to this weekend’s tragic terror attack

Morrissey has written an open letter responding to the tragic shootings in Orlando and criticising US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In a letter titled ‘Hate-rosexuality’ posted to fansite True To You, the singer took aim at Donald Trump’s response to the shootings – specifically, his assertion that the clubgoers could have prevented any loss of life had they been armed, and his refusal to express sympathy for the victims – before expressing more general frustrations with the US political system.

“Donald Thump, probably America’s next President, reacts to the Orlando massacre by explaining how, if the people within the club were themselves armed with guns, then there would have been fewer casualties,” Morrissey wrote. “This, of course, is his way of avoiding any words of support to the Orlando gay community (it is their own fault for going into a nightclub without hand grenades).”

In the letter, he also addressed media outlets like CNN (who “obliged the gunman once again with a flashing flood of publicity – which is all he ever wanted, and which will encourage the next shooter to prepare for international fame”) and lamented the poor choice between a Hillary Clinton presidency and a Donald Trump one (“Clinton is the face and voice of pooled money... and Donald Thump is George Wallace – hating just about anyone who doesn’t happen to be Donald Thump. Surely this is not 2016 America?”).

At the end of the letter, Morrissey voiced his support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and expressed his sadness that America is unlikely to see a Sanders presidency. “Clinton and Thump may be popular with the party faithful – but the party faithful aren’t that large, and are not America,” he wrote. “Therefore a sad day looms in November – a day that only Bernie Sanders could have saved – had he been allowed his rightful share of media support. But, clearly, the presidential election really is none of your business. Did you ever seriously think it was?”

Head over to True to You to read the whole letter.