The NRA-funded politician immediately offered standard moral support (but, of course, not solutions) via Twitter after a gunman attacked a Texas high school, killing 10 people.
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
Cruz may have thought he was doing his duty, but a lot of people let him know his response was sorely lacking (in occasionally foul-mouthed fashion).
You're not even giving them your thoughts anymore? They've been downgraded to just prayers now? https://t.co/1KJfqk426U
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) May 18, 2018
If you're not going to work to improve this country, Ted, retire. We're tired of paying you in exchange for your useless prayers.
— Betjay Maasden (@BetjayM) May 18, 2018
How about you stop praying and start legislating?
— Myla Tosatto (@MylaTosatto) May 18, 2018
One commenter recalled Cruz’s famous “machine-gun bacon” ad.
Thoughts and prayers without action is just words . Words without action does not accomplish anything. You might as well fry some more bacon on your AR-15 as tweet thoughts and prayers words.
— Barry Sensa (@nadiepetah) May 18, 2018
Others referenced the generous contributions Cruz has received from the NRA.
Let me re-word that for you Ted. Heidi and I are going to give you our empty words in the form of prayers, because I could care less about this as taking money from the NRA is my God.
— Mary-Mary (@Maryaclare) 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
Blow it out your ass. If you really care, give back all the blood money you've taken from the NRA and draft legislation to help put an end to this madness. Otherwise, take your thoughts and prayers and shove them up your ass.
— Scott Underhill (@scottunderhill) May 18, 2018
One guy tried to explain the situation to the senator man-to-man:
Do something Ted. Have you ever frantically tried calling your wife to make sure she wasn't shoot at work? Because, as of today, I have.
— DowntroddenInDC (@DowntroddenInDC) May 18, 2018
And someone even used cats to illustrate the ineffectiveness of thoughts and prayers.
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