After Synagogue Shooting, Cornyn Tweets Nancy Pelosi Quote Out of Context, Blames Democrats for Inciting Violence

Sen. John Cornyn set off a tweetstorm of his own this weekend. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Sen. John Cornyn set off a tweetstorm of his own this weekend.
President Trump's tweet-from-the-hip-don't-worry-who-you-hit strategy seems to be rubbing off on Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, the man once dubbed "Big, Bland John."

Over the weekend, the charisma-challenged Texas Republican capitalized on the massacre of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue by tweeting an out-of-context quote from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to make it appear she'd made an callous remark about the violence. Pelosi, as it turns out, had made her comment about "collateral damage" regarding economic policies — not the weekend's shooting. What's more, she made it a week prior to the tragedy.

"We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn't be our original purpose," Pelosi said, according to the full report in the Washington Free Beacon.

Much like the president, Cornyn just couldn't keep his hands off his tweeting device.

Less than an hour later, after CNBC reporter John Harwood called out the Senator over the out-of-context quote, Big, Bland John got all Trumpy again. He responded with a tweet inferring Democrats held some culpability for the mass murder by "encouraging the mob scene at the Kavanaugh hearings." (Apparently, in Cornyn's world, protest and civil disobedience are the same as actually inciting violence.)

As of Monday morning, Cornyn — a former district judge in San Antonio — had deleted neither of the tweets. Nor did his office have a comment.

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Senator Malt-O-Meal is rebranding himself in Trump's image. This, after all, is what he does.

When the role of business-friendly moderate paid off with a seat on the Texas Supreme Court, Cornyn played that role for a while.

Then, after getting George W. Bush's nod to run for Senate, he fell in lockstep with the younger Bush's White House, attempting to block an investigation into the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison and lining up as one of only nine senators who voted against Sen. John McCain’s amendment to ban inhumane treatment of terrorism suspects.

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