The op-ed was a response to the protests by some victims’ relatives — including Alex’s widow Cassandra — of Cinemark’s invitation to the pre-reopening reception. They felt the invite was poorly timed and “ridiculously offensive.”
In his letter, Sullivan does not address the appropriateness of Cinemark’s invite, but says the theater reopening is the first step in rebuilding the community. But while he urges others to join him, he acknowledges that he is “firmly in the middle” and “will never tell anyone what is the right way or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one.”
- The White House continued to defend rolling back Obama-era transgender protections, with Sean Spicer repeatedly insisting it's a "states' rights issue."
- Republican members of Congress face angry town halls flooded with voters opposing Obamacare repeal and other parts of the Trump agenda.
- Indiana police released chilling audio in the case two teens found dead in the woods — a voice captured on one of their phones saying "down the hill."
- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the Trump administration rescinding transgender protections, despite reports she opposed the effort.