She may be in one of the most beloved romantic comedies of the mid-'90s, but Stacey Dash has divided fans with her controversial political statements. The conservative actor caused chatter with her endorsement of Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election, and her call to abolish the BET network and Black History Month. When Patricia Arquette spoke about gender equality in Hollywood during the 2015 Oscars, Dash said she was "appalled." And now, the 49-year-old actor has taken to twitter to weigh in on the tragic shooting that took place at gay night club Pulse in Orlando that left 50 dead and another 53 injured.
She writes: "My heart and prayers are with the LBGT community. This atrocity would not go unanswered under President Trump I promise!! #PrayingForOrlando." And while it's no surprise that conservative Dash supports Trump's candidacy for president, it is unreasonable to "promise" a resolution or solution of any kind on the ginger-haired business man's behalf.
After all, Trump took to twitter the morning after the early Sunday morning shooting to congratulate himself. He wrote: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"
In the wake of 50 deaths, Trump's tweet begins, "Appreciate the congrats..." Can America rely on Trump — who, in my estimation, seems to put himself at the forefront of the conversation — to deal with situations as grave as the Orlando shooting? The United States has the most mass shootings of any country, and personally, I would not trust a man who seemingly puts himself first, rather than the American population, to make decisions after a tragedy such as the one we just witnessed. Trump has not addressed Dash's tweet.
For many, the only tangible solution to mass shootings like the one that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning, is tighter gun control restrictions, and unfortunately, Trump and Dash's tweets only serve to direct the conversation in the wrong direction. Instead of blaming others or making false promises, let's look to ourselves to find real solutions. This shooting is not the first, and sadly, may not be the last. What have we been doing wrong, and how can we fix it?
Our thoughts remain with those affected by the Orlando shooting.