On June 12, 2016, a heavily armed gunman entered Pulse gay nightclub, which was packed with people at the time, and indiscriminately opened fire with a semi automatic weapon upon completely innocent people.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured dozens of others. In all, more than a hundred people were shot, many of them multiple times. The massacre continued for hours with Mateen systematically moving through areas of the nightclub, including the bathrooms, killing people who had managed to hide.
This was the worst mass killing in modern American history. Within hours of the Orlando massacre where 49 people were killed and dozens injured, Texas Lt. Governor took to Twitter and tweeted ”
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
This is the first response from the man who is second in charge of one of the most populous states in our country, a state which is virtually a household name worldwide. Dan Patrick’s response went beyond being anti LGBT. In less than 140 characters, Dan Patrick called justified the unjustifiable. Not only that, but Patrick actually placed his stamp of approval on the actions of a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS while doing the killings. We hear your message loud and clear, Mr. Lt. Governor.
After wide criticism of his inexcusable statement, Patrick sprang into damage control. He posted a message on Facebook explaining that his tweets are planned well in advance and that the subject tweet had been scheduled days before the massacre, and that,
“Our scripture was not posted in-the-action to the shooting. I’m actually on an island. The Internet is slow.”
On Thursday, a lone sniper murdered five policeman and injured 7 others in the midst of what was otherwise a peaceful protest in Dallas. During the shooting, people were running for their lives as bullets flew through the streets, some even being hit by debris from stray bullets.
Dan Patrick again opened his mouth. And again, he provided his great state and the nation with words that could only find their equal in his response to the Orlando massacre.
“Those protesters last night, they turned around and ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to protect them. What hypocrites!”
Dan Patrick actually scolded protesters for not running toward bullets and for expecting the police to actually protect them.
Yes, Mr. Lt. Governor, the protesters expect the police to protect them. And yes, that includes members of any race, religion, gender, and even, LGBT. And yes, Mr. Lt. Governor, the members of Black Lives Matter too. One more thing, the police still have no right to discriminate, to use excessive force, or to kill innocent people.
Dan Patrick’s response to the massacre in Dallas proves a few things.
First, he clearly meant the tweet he sent in response to Orlando.
Second, Dan Patrick is a bigot.
And finally, Dan Patrick is not just mentally unfit for office; he is mentally unfit, period.
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