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An ill-timed tweet from Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick resulted in a storm of controversy, but the Republican politician insisted it was not what some people thought.
Just hours after 50 people were killed and another 53 wounded during an Islamic terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., the Bible verse Galatians 6:7 was posted on Patrick’s Twitter account — it was later deleted.
Patrick posts Bible verses on social media on most Sunday mornings and he issued a statement later in the day saying he “regrets the unfortunate timing” of the post and noted it had been scheduled two days before the worst shooting in U.S. history.
“Lt. Gov. Patrick and every Texan is stunned and saddened by the outrageous act of domestic terrorism that has occurred in Orlando,” the statement read. “He and Jan are praying for the victims, their families and their friends.”
— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) June 12, 2016
But that didn’t stop critics — see Democrats — from thinking the worst and coming after Patrick with the long knives on social media.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses from Twitter:
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— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 12, 2016
— The Angry Liberal (@angryandliberal) June 12, 2016
— Wendy Davis (@wendydavis) June 12, 2016
— Marcella (@marciewarcie) June 12, 2016
@wendydavis Government official’s account tweeting Bible verses? So much for separation of church & state.
— Sage_dude (@Sage_dude) June 12, 2016
— Bill Hogan (@wideworldofgolf) June 12, 2016
@DanPatrick You are a disgrace to Texas. Yes, I am Republican. Yes, I voted for you. yes, I’m Christian. Never get my vote again.
— Mark Toney (@MToney) June 12, 2016
@DanPatrick You pervert Christianity in a way that would make Jesus cringe. Where is your compassion?
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) June 12, 2016
— Ben Williams (@8ben8) June 12, 2016
— TracyBo (@tracybo) June 12, 2016
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) June 12, 2016
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