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Texas Republican mocks Stephen Hawking after his death — and gets obliterated by his colleagues

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A far-right legislator in Texas is under firing for trolling renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at the age of 76 on Tuesday.

“Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made,” Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted.

“My condolences to his family,” his tweet concluded.

Jonathan Tilove of the American-Statesman questioned Rep. Cain about “the etiquette of trolling the recently deceased.”

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“While many see him as one of the greatest public intellectuals of the last century, and no one disputes that he was brilliant, the fact remains that God exists,” Rep. Cain claimed. “My tweet was to show the gravity of the Gospel and what happens when we die, namely, that we all will one day meet the Creator of the universe face to face.”

The American-Statesman noted Cain had the most conservative voting record in the Texas House, according to Rice University Prof. Mark Jones’ index of votes.

“Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God,” he argued.

Democratic state Rep. “Poncho” Nevárez blasted Rep. Cain.

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“At a time like this, and I don’t care who it is, and I am sure they care less who you are, but mocking the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character,” Rep. Nevárez tweeted in response. “Be better than that.”

Republican Rep. Jeff Leach also criticized such behavior.

“Hey fellow Christians – cool it with the hateful & snarky Stephen Hawking condemnations,” Rep. Leach tweeted.

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Rep. Cain is a prominent supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is facing re-election in the 2018 midterm elections.

This is not the first time Cain’s Twitter account has raised eyebrows. The freshman legislator also likes to post about guns.

https://twitter.com/BriscoeCain/status/798951588026925057

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