Representative Ruben Gallego hurled profanity at Senator Ted Cruz after the Texas Republican feared Democrats and the media would use the massacre of elementary school students on Tuesday to limit gun rights.
In a series of rude tweets reflecting raw outrage over the murder of at least 14 children and a teacher in Uvalde, Texas, Gallego, D-Arizona, also hinted at an infamous 2021 trip to Cancun, in Mexico, Cruz took as the state grapples with massive power outages following a winter storm.
“F— you @tedcruz you care about a fetus but you’ll let our kids get slaughtered. Just take your ass back to Cancun. You’re useless,” Gallego wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Twenty-one minutes later, Gallego dubbed the message:
“Just to be clear f— you @tedcruz you f—— baby killer.”
Gallego did so in response to Cruz’s comments reported by CNN.
“Inevitably, when there is a murderer like this, you see politicians trying to politicize him, you see Democrats and a lot of people in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of respectful citizens. laws,” Cruz said.
Gallego then took his anger out on Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, who tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with these families.”
“F — your prayers. They haven’t worked for the last 20 mass shootings, how about passing laws that will stop these killings,” Gallego said.
Gallego also ripped Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, after condemning the shooting.
“We are horrified and heartbroken by the senseless tragedy unfolding at Robb Elementary School in Texas and grateful to first responders for acting quickly,” Sinema said in a statement. “No family should ever have to fear violence in their children’s schools.”
“Please stop…unless you’re ready to break the filibuster to pass sensible gun control measures, you might as well say ‘thoughts and prayers,'” Gallego replied. .
Gallego is seen as a potential main opponent of Sinema in 2024, who has angered many Democrats with her support for legislative filibuster. This issue is often seen as the biggest obstacle to a more aggressive agenda moving through Washington, though there are other hurdles, like Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who has previously balked at various measures, including gun control.
Last year, House Democrats passed a bill that would effectively require background checks on private gun sales by involving gunsmiths or arms dealers as third parties. The measure passed 227-203 with the support of all but one Democrat and eight Republicans.
He has stalled in the Senate, where it is unclear whether he could win a simple majority due to Manchin’s earlier resistance to gun measures.
Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez said 18 children and three adults died based on a state police briefing, he told The Associated Press. Three people injured in the attack are hospitalized in serious condition, he said.
Gallego’s anger, which included an equally profane tweet to the National Rifle Association, overshadowed a more measured comment from his official account in which he said, “We have delivered our communities and our children to an endless parade of tragedies. prayers: we must act and confront armed violence. »
For his part, Cruz issued a less politically charged statement shortly after news of the latest mass shooting in the country first broke. In it, Cruz said he and his wife “raise fervently in prayer the children and families of the horrific shooting in Uvalde.” He also thanked “heroic” police and first responders for their efforts at the scene.
Gallego’s and Cruz’s remarks reflect the clear dividing lines on the handling of mass shootings in the United States and the contempt each side seems to have for the other, especially after flashpoints such as the Uvalde massacre. or the seemingly race-fueled rampage at a Buffalo grocery store that claimed 10 lives less than two weeks earlier.
Other members of the Arizona congressional delegation retreated to less insulting and more familiar rhetoric after the latest killings.
Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, said she was “heartbroken to learn of the events in Uvalde, Texas today. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, injured and their families. .”
Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, said, “We can’t go on like this, waiting for tragedy to strike. It will happen, again and again, if we don’t act. Words alone won’t stop these tragedies. Congress needs to have the courage to protect our children and pass common-sense gun safety laws. And we need to do it now.”
Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, whose wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, survived a 2011 mass shooting that killed six people, has again pledged to seek legislation which can be adopted in an environment where few things do.
“It infuriates me that Americans expect their federal government to once again respond to the killing of school children by doing nothing,” he said in a statement.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Kelly in the Senate, said: “Our prayers go out to the victims and their families of the despicable act of violence in Texas this after- noon. We must all unite against evil and those who target our most vulnerable.”
Other Republican Senate candidates, such as Blake Masters and Jim Lamon, did not immediately release statements about the Texas shooting.
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