GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, is facing furious backlash over his response to the elementary school shooting that killed at least 19 students and two teachers in his state Tuesday.
Cruz reacted to the massacre by saying in a tweet he is praying for the victims and afflicted families. In response, Twitter users slammed the Texas Republican over his support for gun rights and for blocking measures on gun reform that would prevent tragedies like the shooting in Uvalde.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lambasted Cruz over plans to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting set to take place three days after the deadly mass shooting.
“Aren’t you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days — in Houston, no less?,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You can do more than pray. Faith without works is dead.”
Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote: “Your prayers may as well be bullets.”
Others called on the Texas senator to “(expletive) and resign.”
Aren’t you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days – in Houston, no less?
You can do more than pray. Faith without works is dead. https://t.co/NMX64KljhL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 24, 2022
Your prayers may as well be bullets.
You and your party have blood on your hands.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 24, 2022
how's that bacon taste https://t.co/l3fz18azTA
— Chris Mohney (@chrismohney) May 25, 2022
How about you take a flying fuck at the moon?
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 24, 2022
— Dawn Wolfe–Engaged Expat in 🇪🇨 NO DMs PLEASE (@dawnrwolfe) May 24, 2022
Shove your prayers up your traitorous ass and resign
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@AmoneyResists) May 24, 2022
REMINDER: During the 2018 election cycle Ted Cruz was the biggest recipient of money from gun rights backers with $311,151. This is blood money
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 25, 2022
— TexasMom (@akkcrystal36) May 24, 2022
Just to be clear fuck you @tedcruz you fucking baby killer.
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 24, 2022
How do you even sleep at night? https://t.co/jLXOqH1lqJ
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) May 24, 2022
You're a waste of space. Families don't need your hollow prayers. They need gun control.
But you need campaign money from the NRA, so you'll do nothing but give a useless tweet and then flee to Cancun.
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) May 24, 2022