Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gets backlash for tweet after Orlando shooting

Update, 12:25 p.m.: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was deluged Sunday morning with critical comments after a tweet he posted hours after the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting was deemed an insensitive commentary on the tragedy.

The tweet, from Galatians 6:7 — “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” — was posted at 7 a.m.

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The tweet was immediately met with angry responses from people who concluded that Patrick must have been offering a judgment on the mass shooting overnight at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead.

But Patrick, who is out of the country, told the American-Statesman: “For anyone to suggest that is irresponsible. Those are selected weeks in advance so graphics can be made up and scheduled to post in advance.”

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“What happened last night is an unspeakable tragedy,” Patrick said. “My prayers go out to all the families of those killed and wounded.”

Critics, like Glenn Smith of the Democratic group, Progress Texas, questioned why the tweet wasn’t immediately removed.

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Patrick, who is on personal travel, said he didn’t become aware of it until this morning, and the tweet was subsequently removed, about four hours after it was posted.

In a statement, Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s political advisor, said:

“Lt. Governor Patrick and every Texan is stunned and saddened by the outrageous act of domestic terrorism that has occurred in Orlando. He and Jan are praying for the victims, their families and their friends.

“Regarding this morning’s scripture posting on social media, be assured that the post was not done in response to to last night’s tragedy. The post was designed and scheduled last Thursday.

“The Lt. Governor is traveling out of the country, but our social media team has deleted the posts and graphics. We regret the unfortunate timing of these posts and ask everyone to join us in praying for the people of Orlando in this awful time.”

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Some Patrick critics were not accepting his explanation. Former Fort Worth City Councilman called on Patrick to resign from office.

 

George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” also called on Patrick to resign.

 

Earlier: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is receiving backlash on social media for a tweet published hours after the deadliest mass shooting in American history. More than 50 people were killed and another 53 injured during a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., overnight on Sunday.

Patrick’s tweet was sent out exactly at 7 a.m., and it only contains an image of a Bible verse, which reads: “‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.’ Galatians 6:7.”

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