The Orlando mass shooting, in which at least 50 people were killed and many more were wounded, may leave its mark on the presidential race, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. determined.
“If the motive had been hatred against LGBT community, it would benefit Hillary Clinton. But since it is turning out that the motive is jihadist Islam, it will serve Donald Trump. He’ll be greatly strengthened by it,” said Kulanu MK Michael Oren, who has served as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.
Oren also hinted that he felt Trump hadn't yet taken full political advantage of the situation. “If I was Donald Trump, I would have come out the minute that the FBI started to indicate this morning that we are talking about a guy who was operating from Islamic motivations … Just his name alone - “Ameen Seddique” - a Moslem name, the son of Afghan immigrants who apparently maintained connections of some sort to extremist Islamic organizations, that in itself will greatly influence the presidential race.”