Republicans Attacked for Offering Thoughts and Prayers for San Bernardino Victims

Republicans–presidential candidates, senators, congressmen and other GOP officials–offered thoughts and prayers for the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday. In response they were attacked online by liberals, including Democratic Party U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

“Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.”

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a statement that offered support to law enforcement.


“California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!”

Jeb Bush included support for first responders:

“Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.”

Ted Cruz:

“Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others”

Ben Carson:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.”

Lindsey Graham:

“Thoughts & prayers are with #SanBernardino”

Chris Christie:

“Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.”

John Kasich:

“My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John”

Rand Paul:

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.

Mike Huckabee:

“Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.”

George Pataki:

“Praying for the victims and first responders in #SanBernardino for a quick resolution.”

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky ripped those offering thoughts and prayers.

“The victims of these now daily mass shootings need more than thoughts & prayers. They need action. We must REFUSE to accept this as normal.”

Huffington Post Associate Politics Editor Igor Bobic:

“a thought: offer prayers for victims and recognize more needs to be done to address gun violence”

Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas:

“At least 14 dead and 14 injured. But lucky for them, the GOP is offering up loads of thoughts and prayers!”

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic went after Ben Carson:

“If only there were something politicians could offer, other than thoughts and prayers, to stop gun violence.”

Cable TV writer/producer/director Miles Kahn:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the GOP candidates, who must now strategize how to continue to suck up to the NRA with a straight face.”

Think Progress Director of Video and Contributing Editor Igor Volsky obsessively posted over two dozen tweets attacking and mocking the GOP and Republican congressmen, senators and presidential candidates for offering thoughts and prayers including this one and one going after Speaker Paul Ryan:

“Excited for GOP proposal to fight ISIS with “thoughts and prayers””

“And let’s do more than just pray, Mr. Speaker. Let’s bring gun reforms up for a vote in the House.”

Gene Weingarten, Washington Post:

“Dear “thoughts and prayers” people: Please shut up and slink away. You are the problem, and everyone knows it.”

An observation in conclusion:

“Which represents a sane person with good values. Person A) “we offer thoughts & prayers”. Person B) “Screw your prayers!” #SanBernadino”

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