Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, tweeted a pointed response seemingly aimed at fellow politicians who have been sending thoughts and prayers to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, telling them to ask God for forgiveness if they choose to "do nothing" in the wake of the massacre.
"Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this carnage," Murphy tweeted. "Your 'prayers' should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again."
Your "thoughts" should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your "prayers" should be for forgiveness if you do nothing - again.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
The message quickly amassed thousands of "favorites" and re-tweets on the social media platform. Some responded with support, while many others derided Murphy's sentiment.
Read some of the responses below:
@ChrisMurphyCT Trite A$$HOLE.— Conservative Martin™ (@MartinJJacobs) December 2, 2015
@ChrisMurphyCT It's time for a new Amendment. Senator, it's time.— Kim Morris (@kimwim) December 2, 2015
@ChrisMurphyCT Our thoughts should be voting a douche like you out of office.— Cardkillah (@Cardkillah) December 2, 2015
@ChrisMurphyCT Congressman, this is highly offensive. I can be outraged and still ask God to help the hurting. Please reconsider.— Nick Uva (@nickuva) December 2, 2015
Now Democrats want to control your thoughts & prayers @ChrisMurphyCThttps://t.co/zvd0Vc6LFD— The Right Wing M (@TheRightWingM) December 2, 2015
And your job as a US Senator is to obey the US Constitution, NOT lecture Americans on theology @ChrisMurphyCT— Victor Nikki (@hapkidobigdad)December 2, 2015
@ChrisMurphyCT wow good tweet.— Michael Buckley (@buckhollywood) December 3, 2015
@ChrisMurphyCT Stop lecturing us every time there's a tragedy. Don't opportunistically blame political opponents before you know the facts.— Alex (@ReclaimCT) December 2, 2015
.@ChrisMurphyCT Really starting to look like Islamic terrorism, which would be rather inconvenient for you, wouldn't it? Shame yourself.— Your Name Here (@corrcomm) December 2, 2015
Read the continued conversation here.
One Twitter user noted that Murphy, too, appealed to "thoughts" and "prayers" in the wake of the Charleston shooting.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Charleston community as they grieve together today.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 18, 2015
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