House Democrats are criticizing congressional Republicans for their response to the weekend’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying their refusal to call the massacre an anti-LGBT hate crime shows indifference to the gay community.
CQ Roll Call checked GOP lawmakers’ public statements on the Orlando shooting for references to the fact that the attack targeted gay people, and compared that with their scores on the Congressional Scorecard (PDF ) released by the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT equality group. The scorecard is for the previous 113th Congress, so new members will not have a score.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0
We pray for those brutally attacked in Orlando. While we must learn more about the attacker, the victims & families will not be forgotten.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2016
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, HRC Score: 0
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Orlando and everyone who was impacted by last night’s senseless attack.
— Pete Sessions (@PeteSessions) June 12, 2016
Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., HRC Score: 0
Heartbreaking news out of Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, & first responders. #PrayForOrlando
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) June 12, 2016
Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., HRC Score: 0
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this morning’s horrific attack in Orlando and their loved ones.
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) June 12, 2016
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., HRC Score: 60
Jaime & I are mourning the lives lost in Orlando & are praying for the wounded. Our hearts ache for the families of the victims. -CG
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) June 12, 2016
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., HRC Score: 30
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) June 12, 2016
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and the brave men and women who risked their lives to save others -rj
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 12, 2016
Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., HRC Score: 0
Prayers for #Orlando victims and families as well as first responders and medical staff.
— Keith Rothfus (@KeithRothfus) June 12, 2016
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., New Member, No Score
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families following this morning’s horrific shooting in Orlando.
— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) June 12, 2016
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., HRC Score: 30
My prayers, and the prayers of all Arkansans, are with the victims of last night’s attack in Orlando and their families.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 12, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., HRC Score: 29
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 12, 2016
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., HRC Score: 29
Robba & I join Kansans & the nation in grieving for the victims of the unthinkable violence in Orlando last night. Pray for the families.
— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) June 12, 2016
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., HRC Score: 0
Saddened by the tragedy that occurred overnight in Orlando. Praying for the victims, their families, and our dedicated first responders.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) June 12, 2016
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, HRC Score: 0
It is a sobering reminder that radical Islamists are targeting our country and our way of life.
— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) June 12, 2016
Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., HRC Score: 0
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., HRC Score: 60
My heart goes out to the victims of this horrific attack and their families, those who were injured… (1/2)
— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) June 12, 2016
Some Republicans had no trouble identifying the group that was the target of the weekend’s mass shooting.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, HRC Score: 85
As we mourn the victims of terrorism in #Orlando, we must stand strongly with our LGBT friends against this violent hatred.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 13, 2016
Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., HRC Score: 78
Kirk released a statement on his website :
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this hateful terrorist act that targeted the Orlando gay community. Gunman Omar Mateen’s motivations remind us of the immediate threat the Islamic State poses to our country and the need for swift action to protect Americans from future attacks here at home.”