Raven-Symoné On Orlando Terror Attack: ‘This Is A Hate Crime First’

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Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Raven-Symoné said the Orlando terror attack is a hate crime before anything else.

During “The View” Monday, the 30-year-old — who had a rainbow temporary tattoo on her right cheek — said she didn’t understand why people were calling it a terror attack first.

“I consider this a hate crime, then a terrorist act, then horribleness to America in general, but this a hate crime,” Symonè said. “How come other people are making it other things before? It needs to be categorized as a hate crime first.” (RELATED: ‘The View’ Wants To Replace Raven-Symoné)

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“It has to be homophobia.”


“He made several calls to 911 to talk to police and essentially pledge his allegiance to ISIS, which is why we get a connection to a terror attack,” Brian Ross countered.

Whoopi Goldberg agreed with Symoné. (RELATED: 10 Things We Know About Omar Mateen — The Orlando Shooter)

“Let us not forget this is also a hate crime,” Goldberg said. “Because sometimes when you hear it’s terrorism we sort of say ‘OK, that’s not us,’ but this affects who you want to be as an American.”

“Between Los Angeles and Orlando, this hits us all. These are our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers.”