Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received intense backlash for his relationship with the National Rifle Association following yet another mass shooting in Texas, this time at Santa Fe High School.
“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,” Sen. Cruz tweeted after the shooting. “Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials.”
“Prayers” were not an adequate response for many Twitter users, many of whom bashed Sen. Cruz in context of his reelection campaign against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).
Here are some of the best responses, many of which used strong language:
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
Bullshit. Your prayers are WORTHLESS. Fucking take action on gun control. Your words mean nothing. https://t.co/IxFTbGSa8O
— YasmineGalenorn (@YasmineGalenorn) May 18, 2018
YOU are the problem. YOUR PRAYERS are NOT the solution. https://t.co/HhHLOTBNCf
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) May 18, 2018
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
I’m voting Beto too
— Winston Bracken (@winston53660) May 18, 2018
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) May 18, 2018
Fuck You and Fuck your prayers. You've taken more bribes from the killing machine lobby than any other member of Congress and that's ALL you care about. https://t.co/nHLdPPysOV https://t.co/gkacH7TV6F
— Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) May 18, 2018
You have taken nearly 400k in donations from the NRA. You are a disgusting hypocrite and you should be prepared to lose to @BetoORourke.
— Winifred (@WaywardWinifred) May 18, 2018
Ted Cruz has an A+ NRA rating and took $75,450 from the NRA.
He voted against universal background checks after the shooting at Sandy Hook School, and will probably do nothing after the Santa Fe High School shooting. https://t.co/zDkIJTxf3M
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) May 18, 2018
— 🌊JeanAnn🌊 (@JustusizSweet) May 18, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers that you don’t get reelected.
— Maureen Dunn (@maureendunn3100) May 18, 2018
fuck your prayers, ted https://t.co/fOe36wydlV
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) May 18, 2018
I am afraid that your thoughts and prayers have been proven to be very ineffective at washing all the blood you have on your hands Mr. Machine Gun Bacon senator.
— cat city jim (@jmwhit47) May 18, 2018
Your prayers are bullshit. You worship a false version of Jesus who's fine with dead kids so long as your pockets fill with blood money. You are a perversion of humanity. https://t.co/Ayt249hH9f
— Jenny Trick-or-Trout (@Jenny_Trout) May 18, 2018
Dear Ted: So far 8 high students shot dead. You took $75,450 from the NRA. Divide by 8= $9,431 for each child killed (so far) by a gun that your NRA wants to MAKE SURE is able to be purchased by ANYONE. Ask yourself & Heidi: WORTH IT? And BTW: just what are your prayers doing?
— NoWay2RunACountry🌊 (@MargauxWilder) May 18, 2018
There is nothing wrong about praying for victims & first responders at the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. We should pray for them.
But there is something very wrong if that is all you do.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 18, 2018
Watch Sen. Ted Cruz cook bacon with an AR-style rifle:
Take 1 min & share this video of Ted Cruz. He’s using an AR-15 as a toy.
Cruz is immature, irresponsible & reckless. He doesn’t respect the 2nd Amendment or guns
We need mature, stable leadership – not fools drunk on NRA money
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) May 18, 2018