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Hillary Clinton meets friends, families of Pulse victims in Orlando

Hillary Clinton is in Florida, where she made an unannounced visit to the nightclub in Orlando, Fla. where 49 people lost their lives to a crazed gunman last month, according to media reports.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who is expected to announce her running mate this afternoon, met privately with friends and families of those victims and first responders, and then held an hour-long roundtable discussion with local leaders including the LGBTQ group, Equality Florida.

National Public Radio called Clinton’s visit “peak Clinton,” and described her role at the roundtable as “listening.”

Clinton did also speak, pledging to those in attendance that she would “promote the kinds of changes that will prevent this from happening to other people, other families and other communities,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. She also commented that it was important to “be very clear who this attack targeted.”

“The Latino LGBT community, by any measure, is the community that was most severely impacted by this terrible attack,” said Clinton, according to the Sentinel. “What does that mean? Well among other things, it means that it is still dangerous to be LGBT in America.”

According to Buzzfeed, one local leader thanked Clinton for not turning the site of the massacre into a campaign stop for votes and publicity.

You can watch video of Hillary Clinton at the Orlando roundtable via the Sentinel here.

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