Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got his ass handed to him on Friday after he tweeted the standard Republican and NRA “thoughts and prayers” response following the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
On Friday morning, students at Santa Fe High School ran for their lives when a gunman opened fire in the 22nd school shooting in 2018, killing ten and injuring many others.
Rather than change the way he responds to such preventable tragedies, Cruz took to Twitter and sent “thoughts and prayers” to those affected by the gun violence.
Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials. https://t.co/5Un3Y4IA86
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 18, 2018
Republicans like Cruz have consistently sent “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings. It’s their way of claiming they are doing something without actually doing anything tangible to prevent these shootings from happening again. That’s what happened shortly after the Parkland shooting, and it’s happening again after the shooting in Texas.
One would think that Cruz would want to take action to protect students, especially students in the state he is supposed to represent. After all, Texas parents lost their children today. Surely, he would want to do something to make sure more parents don’t lose their children.
Sadly, it appears Cruz is content to just keep repeating the tired “thoughts and prayers” talking point as if it has the power to stop school shootings.
Well, Twitter users, including some from Texas, were not amused with Cruz’ talk and no action. And they absolutely throttled him.
In February, I asked you to draft and pass legislation that would prevent incidents such as this. Looks like it fell upon deaf ears
— (((Jon Ross))) (@Jon_M_Ross) May 18, 2018
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Last NRA Rating: A+
Total NRA contributions: $77,450
— Lala Dee (@Lookatlala) May 18, 2018
F*ck your prayers & thoughts! Stop taking money from the NRA & protect our children! I’m a Texan & it’s literally one of your jobs! You are absolutely unbelievable. I can’t wait for you to no longer be a recurring embarrassment to my state.
— 💙Mandy🇺🇸 #BetoForTexas 🌬❄ (@NorthTXBlue) May 18, 2018
— Nina Marie (@nbleache) May 18, 2018
— miqualito (@4petee) May 18, 2018
No one wants your fake ass prayers. How about some common sense gun control and less donations from the NRA? (That’s if you actually care about kids safety) DO SOMETHING.
— Brie 🐕 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 18, 2018
Instead of prayers how about some common sense gun reform?
— Irene Huseman (@IHuseman) May 18, 2018
Tough to hear “thoughts and prayers” over all of the gun shots.
— Dale Edwards (@tatestreet21) May 18, 2018
— Happier than I Look (@stevgole) May 18, 2018
No, the NRA is in your prayers. Those dead kids mean absolutely nothing to you.
— Mike Dorsey (@DorseyFilm) May 18, 2018
Thank you for reminding me to donate to Beto.
— Sporky Morin (@sporky90029) May 18, 2018
How about doing something that will prevent children from being murdered? You’ve tried prayers. Nobody’s listening. YOU need to do something. You and the other senators.
— Patsy the Angry Nerd (@PatrickRahall) May 18, 2018
Fuck you. Sir.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 18, 2018
I live in Texas. We’re going to oust this son of a bitch this fall.
— Gary Maxwell (@AnalogKidBlog) May 18, 2018
Ted Cruz is currently locked in a tight race with his 2018 Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke. He is doing himself no favors by continuing to anger Americans by continuing to spout “thoughts and prayers” instead of taking up the fight for gun control to prevent future school shootings.
Texas needs their senator to take action, rather than offer empty platitudes.
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