South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock MORE paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting on the third anniversary of the Orlando attack on Wednesday.
"Pulse wasn’t an attack on just one community — it was an attack on LGBTQ Americans, Latinx Americans, and Black Americans," Buttigieg, who is openly gay, said in an email to supporters.
"It was an attack on people who look like me, and an attack on people who look nothing like me," he continued. "It was an attack on all of us. It was an attack on individuals expressing their sexuality, their heritage, their gender, and their freedom."
Buttigieg called on Congress to pass gun control legislation and urged states to pass hate crime laws.
"Change will not just happen," he said. "It will only come as the result of struggle — political struggle, moral struggle. We need Congress to deliver on common-sense gun safety laws supported by an American majority, like universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons. And we need to incentivize every state to pass a hate crimes law."
Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 others were injured at the downtown Orlando nightclub on June 16, 2016, after Omar Mateen opened fire.
Mateen repeatedly told authorities he was a soldier of ISIS, referring to himself as an “Islamic soldier.”
Several other 2020 Democratic candidates honored the third anniversary of the attack on Wednesday, including Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (D-N.J.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisAre supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? Harris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGOP ekes out win in return of Congressional Baseball Game Greene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod MORE (D-Calif.), who has made gun control legislation his primary campaign issue.