The rote responses of most congressional Republicans to the murder Tuesday of 19 Texas schoolchildren and two of their teachers were so wrenchingly vapid, so grotesquely lacking in any sense of urgency, that Representative Ruben Gallego could not take it any longer. The Arizona Democrat read a statement from Republican Senator Ted Cruz in which the Texan claimed those who demanded action to avert future school shootings were “politicizing” the tragedy. And he responded appropriately.
“Fuck you @tedcruz you care about a fetus but you will let our children get slaughtered,” replied Gallego. “Just get your ass to Cancun. You are useless.”
In case anyone missed the point, Gallego came back a few minutes later with an even blunter message on Twitter: “Just to be clear fuck you @tedcruz you fucking baby killer.”
Gallego’s honest fury was refreshing, and he undoubtedly spoke for a good many of the tens of millions of Americans who are enraged by Republican obstruction of action on gun control and a host of other vital matters, including the future of a democracy that is profoundly threatened by Donald Trump’s partisan allies. Yet Gallego’s frustration did not end there. The congressman ripped into a fellow Democrat from his own state, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has joined with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to block filibuster reforms that would allow Democrats to use their majorities to advance popular gun-control measures.