The city of Orlando, Florida has apologized for a message it sent over the weekend.
In a newsletter, the city wrote it "can't blame" people who don't want to celebrate right now.
The city tweeted out and sent subscribers an apology on July 2.
The City of Orlando has apologized after sending out a newsletter that stated it "can't blame" people who don't want to celebrate America right now.
The government newsletter, sent out July 1 about the upcoming holiday weekend, said "A lot of people probably don't want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can't blame them. When there is so much division, hate and unrest, why on earth would you want to have a party celebrating any of it?"
The city in Florida continued, "Yes, America is in strife right now, but you know what...we already bought the fireworks."
The statement was shared on social media and met with both praise and criticism.
On July 2, the city's official Twitter account shared a post apologizing for its statement made about the holiday, and said "The City of Orlando sincerely regrets the negative impact our words have had on some in our community."
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Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, criticized the newsletter on Sunday, and she tweeted "Yikes. City of Orlando, is this your official position on our country and on 4th of July?"
State Representative Anna V. Eskamani replied to the apology on Twitter and said "Y'all do not need to apologize — your first email captured the tone of how many Americans (and Orlandoans) are feeling right now. It's ok not to be ok."
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