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Dan Patrick Makes Big, San Bernardino-Related Mistake on Social Media

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was very upset about the New York Daily News' Thursday cover. Released after the shooting deaths of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, the cover took issue with the claims of prominent Republicans, including Texas' Ted Cruz, who said they were praying for the victims. "God Isn't Fixing This," the cover read.

“I’m disgusted by this morning’s New York Daily News cover, which discounts the power of prayer and pushes a political agenda in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings,” Patrick wrote on Facebook Thursday. “I would like to reiterate my invitation to pray for the victims and their families during these dark times.”

Which is fine. Patrick, who loves guns almost as much as he loves Jesus, was always going to hate the cover. He made a huge mistake, though, when he then issued his own version. We can't imagine that he actually means his cover the way it reads, but Patrick's version makes it appear as if the shootings came as an answer to prayers from Cruz, Patrick, the Texas GOP and the Texas House Caucus.

Patrick's team quickly took the post down — he says he is "disappointed by those today who suggested a different meaning to our tweet on the tragedy yesterday in California," but, like our media teachers always told us, if you put something out on the Internet, it stays there forever. 
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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