Bradley Byrne calls for national unity following Orlando attack

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Following Sunday morning’s mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 50 dead, Alabama 1st District U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne took the House floor Tuesday and called for national unity.

Byrne condemned the shooting, and described it to be a “terrorist attack.”

He then proceeded to offer his condolences for the victims, which ranged from 18 – 50 years old, and their loved ones.

“In moments like this, it is my hope that we can come together as a nation, and as a people, instead of turning against one another,” said Bryne. “…I hope every American will join me in condemning these hateful attacks and pledge to stand together in support of those who tragically lost their lives.”

You can watch his full speech below:

A transcript of entire speech:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando.

This tragedy is a strike at every single American regardless of your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, location, or religious beliefs.

Our hearts go out to the wounded and their families, but most especially to the family and loved ones of all who were killed.

There is no room for hate in America, and this ugly crime is the result of a coward following his own hate.

It doesn’t matter what the source of that hate was – it was and is an affront to God himself.

In moments like this, it is my hope that we can come together as a nation, and as a people, instead of turning against one another.

If we allow these attacks to pull us further apart, then we have done exactly what the attacker intended to achieve.

So I hope every American will join me in condemning these hateful attacks and pledge to stand together in support of those who tragically lost their lives.

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