Hours after an estimated 50 people were killed at a Florida nightclub, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted a “reap what you sow” Bible quote.
About 7 a.m. Sunday, a tweet from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick — which has since been deleted — quoted Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
The backlash on the tweet was swift, where many people considered it inappropriate and insensitive in light of the events. The Texas Democratic Party has called for an apology.
“Tweeted as new breaks of mass casualties at a gay nightclub. Vile,” wrote one Twitter user, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Have you no shame?”
According to Allen Blakemore with Patrick’s office, the tweet was prescheduled and had nothing to do with the shooting,
“This was certainly not done with any foreknowledge of the events of the day,” Blakemore told The Dallas Morning News.
About 30 minutes later, Patrick tweeted another from the account from Psalm 37:39: “the Salvation of the righteous come from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.”
The Houston Chronicle reports Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has called for thoughts and prayers to the LGBTQ community.
“Hate and violence have no place in America,” Hinojosa said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Texans in mourning for our families in Florida woke up to an embarrassment from their lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, please apologize immediately. Make this right. We are better than this.”