The Council on American–Islamic Relations extended its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of a massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub where at least 50 people were killed. Speaking at a news conference in Washington, DC, Nihad Awad, CAIR's National Executive Director said on Sunday, "Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the victims and their families... This is a hate crime, plain and simple. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It violates our principles as Americans and as Muslims."