Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) is taking heat from some of his constituents on Facebook after he delivered a large bag filled with “prayer cards” in the wake of last week’s horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
In a Facebook post from late last week flagged by Patheos, Bost posted a photo of himself handing a bag to a smiling President Trump in the Oval Office.
“Tracy and other ladies from Southern Illinois collected prayer cards, which I hand delivered to President Donald J. Trump!” Bost wrote.
Although the congressman did not specifically say that the “prayer cards” were related to the shooting in Parkland that left 17 people dead, many of his constituents responded with anger to his post, as they interpreted it as yet another empty “thoughts and prayers” gesture delivered by a Republican politician in the wake of a mass shooting.
“This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. You are literally in charge of making the laws for for gun control and you delivered thoughts and prayers,” wrote one constituent named Ellen Elizabeth in response to the post. “That is an offensive smack in the face to all the people who don’t have a right to healthcare but the shooter has a right to his guns.”
“Mike, every time I swear you can’t lower the bar you surprise me,” wrote constituent Ann Wheeler in response. “Smiling at a time like this? Oh, wait, it *is appropriate to smile while you’re getting face time with the president. And that’s what counts here, isn’t it?”
“Instead of prayers and thoughts, when are you going to get serious about some common sense gun regulations?” asked constituent Trudy Moore. “What a disgusting stunt, and both of you grinning like loons.”