Junior Democrat representative from California Ted Lieu protested a moment of silence held by Congress on Monday night to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Baptist church in Texas by walking out of the chamber and whining on Facebook that he’s had enough with everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
"I can’t do this again,” Lieu said in a Facebook video. “I’ve been to too many moments of silences. In just my short period in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.”
Instead of taking a short minute and honoring the innocent men, women, and children who were ruthlessly slaughtered as they worshipped in church, Lieu made it all about himself in a grandstanding rant about gun control:
"I urge us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, including a universal background check law supported by 80 percent of Americans, a ban on assault rifles and a ban on bump stocks.”
Lieu is part of the gun grabbers camp that believes one more law would’ve stopped this shooting. It’s a dishonest stance, but one that the congressman is using at all costs in order to win political points.
For example: immediately following the shooting, Lieu tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.” But he couldn’t leave it there. His followers, as Fox News noted, criticized such a lukewarm response. And so, Lieu quickly changed his tone — or at least realized he could take off the mask and tell everyone how he really feels:
"I agree my prior tweet could be better. So here: I pray for the victims in TX. Also, screw the @NRA & can you help Dems take back the House."
It’s that kind of emotional outburst that keeps folks like Lieu disconnected from the facts. The Texas church shooter was stopped by a good guy with a gun who just happened to be a former NRA instructor. But since thanking the NRA for training its members well would be political suicide, Lieu gave his people what they wanted.
Here’s Lieu’s spineless video protest: