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Florida Voices React to Manchester Terrorist Attack

May 23, 2017 - 10:30am
Donald Trump, Rick Scott, Andrew Gillum, Charlie Crist and Vern Buchanan
Donald Trump, Rick Scott, Andrew Gillum, Charlie Crist and Vern Buchanan

Florida politicians reached out to offer words of support Monday evening and Tuesday morning after a terrorist attack in Manchester rocked the United Kingdom, leaving 22 dead and 59 injured.

According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. 

Panic ensued and teenagers scattered after the explosion. British officials called the bombing a terrorist attack. 

ISIS later took responsibility for the incident.

Here’s how Florida voices are reacting:

President Donald Trump
“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”



Gov. Rick Scott
“Praying for everyone in Manchester tonight. This is an absolute tragedy and our hearts are with those who were harmed and their loved ones. Also praying for the safety and security of Manchester law enforcement and first responders during this unimaginably challenging time. 

“@FLAnnScott and I continue to pray for the 22 innocent lives lost in the senseless act of hate and terror in Manchester last night. Florida stands with the British people.”


Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
Terrorists who take the lives of innocent people are nothing but cowards & they must be brought to justice. My prayers to Manchester.



U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist
“#PrayingForManchester and all those impacted by this terrible attack. The U.S. stands with the U.K.”


U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo
“Praying for the people of Manchester.”


U.S. Rep. Val Demings
“Standing with and praying for Manchester today.  Another cowardly attack against innocent people.”


U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch 
“Tonight in #Manchester, enormous amounts of horror, grief, and pain. From America and beyond, we join you in sympathy, outrage and resolve.”


U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn
“Leah and I send our sincere condolences to the British people as they respond to another heinous act of terrorism. The events in Manchester remind us again that these vicious killers will consider any target, even teenagers & children at a concert. We stand with resolve alongside our British friends in the face of this threat.”


U.S.  Rep. Al Lawson
Our thoughts and prayers are with #Manchester and the United Kingdom for all the victims of tonight's attack. Such sad news.


U.S. Rep. John Rutherford
Praying for all of the victims, families, and first responders in Manchester tonight.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

Our prayers are with the people of Manchester.



Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
Deeply saddened by #Manchester tonight. Prayers to the families affected & the UK.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham
“As a mom, my heart breaks. Praying for the children and families, parents and grandparents in Manchester.”



State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers
Prayers to our British friends this evening. What a horrible tragedy.


Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach
My heart goes out to those in Manchester, especially to the families and first responders. Our prayers are with you and the United States of America will always stand by you. 


Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor

“Our hearts are with the families of those killed in #ManchesterArena last night. May we unite together to eliminate terror.”


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C'mon "guys",... this constant "GROUP posturing and pontificating" is getting "thin"... How about just having "coffee and" in the morning, instead of "arranging group talking points" at start of EVERY DAY.... You "guys" are absorbing too many Dem/Lib habits up there "On The Hill" (Try to keep some space between your selves and "Plugs" Schumer)

Don't think it could be said better than Rodney said it. Pandering pondscum pussies is what we have because that is what we elected. But what are our choices? I can tell you for a fact that I would rather have the guy that changes the oil in the truck represent me than the idiot that does. But the other guy was much worse. My mechanic does not have 3 million dollars to get elected. And that is what it takes. "My prayers are with the family during this most difficult time". Like when you go to a funeral and everyone tells you how sorry they are. We need to start killing these people within 30 days of catching them. By firing squad. Immediate death. That would keep the ACLU off our case because lethal injection allowed them to flop around for ten minutes. I don't care.

The ones ("and you know who you are") that do not support extreme vetting and immigration reform are the cause of such acts of violence! So don't hang your head and say our prayers are with these people when its YOU that support laws or the lack thereof that could help prevent such a heinous act of violence. Great Britain, France, Belgium all have serious problems with radical Muslim communities in their country. They understand us clearly it you that fail to understand them, their culture and intent. If you have a rodent problem you exterminate them not put more food out thinking they will eat that food if its away from your home. Wake up to reality, more jobs?? Please you need to start that photo opt out with "once upon a time." The political left and mainstream media are the real problem.

Pander, pander, pander.... MY GOODNESS, We have more "panders" than China;... and they ALL are unable to pass up ANYONE with a camera or a pen !!!!!!

Blah, blah. Kiss some more babies while you clowns are at it. How about stopping muslim immigration into the US? How about invoking Article IIII, and send President Trump a congressional statute that bans federal courts from allowing Sharia law? How about preventing Saudi Arabia from funding the construction of ever more mosques?

Make that Article III v. IIII.

No, He's right...It's Article IV Section 4 (re: invasion and domestic violence)

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