Wednesday’s tragic shooting in Florida marked the 18th school shooting for 2018 and is the deadliest incident since 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre. As usual, it sent all the Republicans running to Twitter to hand out their customary “thoughts and prayers,” but this time, a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel show clapped back.
When Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio tweeted, “Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy,” Kimmel writer Bess Kalb quoted Sen Portman in this tweet, “$3,061,941.00 from the NRA to make sure Americans buy guns.”
She added, “In the 2015-2016 election cycle alone, GOP candidates took $17,385,437 from the NRA,” Kalb noted, quoting a tweet from Republican National Convention chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel,” and “This is NOT counting the $21 million given to President Trump.”
She continued to point out the hypocrisy of the Republican lawmakers by tweeting the amounts the NRA paid to each one’s campaigns when they had the audacity to send out their prayers via Twitter.
When Congressman Ken Buck tweeted about his devastation, Kalb came back with “$800,544 from the NRA.” When Thom Tillis (NC) offered his prayers, she tweeted about the $4.5 million he took from the NRA. Senator Cory Gardner accepted $3 million in NRA funds, but he was “heartbroken” about the shooting.
Kalb’s final tweet was a long list of names and dollar amounts preceded by the heading, “God have mercy on your NRA-kept souls.”
Continue reading about the thoughts and prayers paid for by the NRA, “Kimmel writer quotes every GOP lawmaker’s post-Florida ‘thoughts and prayers’ tweet — and how much money they took from the NRA” written by Noor Al-Sibai at Raw Story posted on February 14, 2018.