After yet another mass shooting in the United States, Republicans quickly got their public relations teams to work sending out their automated responses. The responses vary, only slightly, from person to person, but close enough that no one will not look like they may actually care more than other, or for that matter, at all.
The auto-reply messages come in these formats:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families.”
“Praying for the victims, their families and the ________ first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.”
“Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in ________ who willingly go into harm’s way to save others.”
“Praying for those impacted by the shooting in _________ today.”
“Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in __________ today.”
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in ___________, especially the first responders.”
The mandatory “thoughts and prayers” are held within the contract many hold with the RNC and the NRA so that they look like they care without actually caring enough to do anything about the violence.