Chris Cuomo’s rant against people who dare to offer “thoughts and prayers” after a tragedy earned him a well-deserved dose of backlash.
The CNN host lashed out at those who turn to God in the wake of tragic shootings but do not rise up to do something about guns, mocking every person of faith with his derisive question, “what are you praying for?”
“You mock those who lost loved ones because if you gave it any thought at all you would never walk away from any of these without figuring out a better way to deal with them,” Cuomo said Thursday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“And prayer? You think leaving it to God is the answer? We pray for strength, we pray for wisdom, for resolve, but we clearly don’t want to act on any of those here, so what are you praying for?” he added.
The CNN anchor spoke following a deadly mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California at the Borderline Bar and Grill where a gunman killed 12 people Wednesday night.
“It was the worst mass shooting in a week,” he said. “Think about that: Twelve lives, stolen by a thief that visits us weekly. This is our new normal.”
Cuomo then attacked Americans who didn’t vote on gun control issues, as a CNN exit poll this week indicated that only 10 percent of voters thought the issue was the most important one facing the nation.
“No one even really ran on it,” Cuomo lamented. “And if you won’t vote on it, if it’s not your priority, if you can’t own that part of it, how can you convince anyone in power to care about it? You can’t.”
He concluded with on question for viewers: Can we do better than this?
“We can do better. And we all have to live with doing nothing,” he said. “The next time is coming. And more and more, you, me, our leaders, we’re all becoming part of the problem.”
“Think and pray on that,” he said smugly.
The left loves to pontificate about what the rest of society does and whether it is worthy of their lofty standards, but as is often the case, the lectures are condescending at best, while more often being divisive and insulting to any who disagree.
Has Cuomo and his like ever been on the other side of a phone call receiving tragic news of a shooting where a loved one is feared among the victims? Has he ever desperately raced to the scene hoping to find a loved one alive as so many have facing tragic events that have unfolded at our schools, malls, dance clubs and offices?
To dare lecture those who sincerely offer emotional support at times like these is despicable, even more so when mocking their faith in God. And speaking for victims and their families who relish the support, thoughts, sympathy and yes, even prayers, of others during an unspeakably horrible time is a new low.
Cuomo’s disrespectful and condescending rant drew immediate backlash.
This is embarrassing for CNN. https://t.co/guWNsGPrKs
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) November 9, 2018
Cuomo doesn’t understand faith, or what prayer is or why we pray. When he says “you think leaving it to God is the answer” ? He is mocking people of faith.
Is mocking people of faith the answer @ChrisCuomo ??
And FYI, There’s NEVER a time where prayer is not needed.
— ATennesseePerspective? (@SpeakinFromTN) November 9, 2018
God is always the answer.
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) November 9, 2018
This commentary makes Chris feel better but it too mocks the victims because its main purpose is not really to solve the problem but to be SEEN to be expressing moral outrage.
— Julia (@JuliaGulia809) November 9, 2018
@ChrisCuomo When is praying for someone considered mocking ? Don’t you consider yourself a Catholic?
Yes , we need thought provoking answers to complex societal ills being the goal but you Chris mocking prayer isn’t going to get us there either .
— Erin -center RT (@ErinEhyde200) November 9, 2018
No one wants these travesties to continue, Chris, but the toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube. Good people need to have the legal ability to defend themselves in public places. It’s the simplest and cheapest solution and it’s the only one that is consistent with liberty.
— 1/1024th meh (@RightAllTheTime) November 9, 2018
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 9, 2018
Apparently, those of us far removed from tragic events in which we can offer no other assistance are, by offering up thoughts and prayers, mocking people. Really, @CNN? Really? https://t.co/oByMWOVLSx
— Patsy Jones (@pjones59) November 9, 2018
If it’s not out of bounds to criticize people of faith for prayer, why isn’t it out of bounds to criticize California’s harsh gun laws? They’re the strictest in the country, and yet California leads the nation in mass shootings. https://t.co/KDT4UqepxB
— Jason Buttrill (@JasonButtrill) November 9, 2018
I think that most of these elitist and left wing regressives have converted their religion to be that party. The left has made this their god. Never in my life have I seen people act the way these rioters, criminals etc are doing. It’s not the President’s supporters.
— Larry Ferguson (@MrNashvilleTalk) November 9, 2018
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