Leave it to one of the most unhinged, publicity-seeking Democrats in the House of Representatives to use the death of 26 Texas churchgoers to get his name in the headlines once again. Rep. Ted Lieu disrespected the victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting on Monday when he walked out of a moment of silence on the House floor. The stunt itself would have been more than enough, but he felt the need to shoot a video for Facebook later in the night to explain why he’d done it…as if anyone watching did not already know.
“My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives’ chambers,” Lieu said in the video. “I respect their right to do that and I myself have participated in many of them. But I can’t do this again, 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.”
Lieu talked about previous mass shootings before calling on Congress to “pass gun safety legislation now.”
“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,” he said. “We need to do that. We cannot be silent. We need to act now.”
Remarkably, he stopped himself before adding, “I’m Ted Lieu, and I approve this message.” He also left himself one remaining shred of dignity by not shedding any crocodile tears for the camera.
Lieu, a junior Democratic congressman from California, has churned up a cult following on social media by thrusting his face in front of a camera every time there’s an opportunity to bash the president. Shortly after the shooting on Sunday, he tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.”
That wasn’t vicious enough for his supporters, who have been on a bizarre war against the “thoughts and prayers” sentiment as of late, so Lieu returned to Twitter a couple of hours later to feed his base some of that delicious red meat they crave.
“I agree my prior tweet could be better,” Lieu wrote. “So here: I pray for the victims in TX. Also, screw the @NRA & can you help Dems take back the House.”
Even for a Democrat, this is an embarrassing level of pandering, and we can only say the same for his walkout on Monday night. We’re not sure if liberal atheists feel particularly defensive after learning about the ideological and religious leanings of the Texas shooter, but they have been more obnoxious than usual in recent days. In better times, we might have counted on elected officials to rise above the likes of celebrity atheists like Wil Wheaton, but we guess those times are past us. Now we have to watch people like Ted Lieu dance like a monkey for these idiots, apparently forgetting that the vast majority of Americans are not hardline, anti-God, NRA-hating militants.
We guess, however, there’s probably enough of them in Lieu’s California district for this to count as a political win.