It has never been said that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is a smart man. His role in Texas appears to be “assist Gov. Greg Abbott in screwing over the poor and spreading homophobia, but don’t think too hard while doing it.”
So when it came time for Patrick to think up a clever come back to attack liberals with, it’s hardly any surprise that he instead shot himself directly in the foot.
Patrick took issue with the New York Daily News, which had published a scathing indictment of Republicans sending “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of mass shootings instead of actually, say, doing something about it.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 3, 2015
Patrick may have taken it particularly hard because Texas has been on the forefront of irresponsible pro-gun legislation that involved putting guns into more places and upping the odds of more gun violence.
Patrick decided a well-placed barb back at the New York Daily News was in order and he came up with… the most embarrassing fail in history.
The “re-imagined” cover of what he now calls the “Texas News” (subtle) reads: “14 Dead in California Mass Shooting: God Hears Our Prayers.” He adds that it is “wrong to discount the power of prayer in dark times.” He makes no mention of how his own party is making it easier to get guns or that he may have contributed to the “dark times” he now wants to pray away.
(Bonus idiocy: Dan Patrick, the Texas GOP, and the Texas House Caucus managed to spell the city’s name wrong in their tributes.)
Almost immediately, Twitter users flooded to Patrick’s account to eviscerate him.
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 3, 2015
Sounds like you prayed for the attacks to happen.
— NikD (@_NIKD_) December 3, 2015
@DanPatrick I know you like guns, but it's kinda weird that you pray for mass shootings
— Jravis (@teejeejeej) December 3, 2015
Patrick did eventually manage to realize that what he had just done was not going well for him. In a series of tweets, he blamed readers for misunderstanding what he was doing.
When we last saw Patrick, he was getting a “Pants on Fire” rating from Politifact for his claim that Planned Parenthood is “nothing more than a referral service. They don’t do anything except profit from killing babies and then selling body parts of those aborted babies.” His words mirrored those of Robert Dear, the right-wing Christian terrorist who killed three people and wounded many more in an anti-abortion inspired attack on a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. Dear may have even been a fan of Patrick’s. His outrageous claim came just a few days before Dear got the idea to start killing people.
Well done, Dan Patrick. Your jab at liberals who want sensible gun control missed its target and landed squarely in your own face. Truly, Texas can be proud of its native son.
Feature image via Click2Houston