A GOP Congressman Gave Trump a Literal Bag of Prayers After the School Shooting

By Hemant Mehta

Over the weekend, Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) delivered a bagful of thoughts and prayers to Donald Trump, presumably as a response to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. (I think this is now the official GOP response to all mass shootings.)

But I have so many questions about this photo…

Is that it? Those are all the prayers from southern Illinois? I don’t know whether to be proud that so few people are wasting their time or disturbed by how a few prayers were still enough for these politicians to think “photo op!”

Why are they in a sealed bag? Do prayers spoil if they’re exposed to air?

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  1. It’s great to see that even after tragedy, the murder of 17 of the children of his nation, the leader of the Free World and his crony can maintain their jolly, happy, self satisfied, smug, complacent, vacuous, vile grinning mugs.

    Curse of god on them.

  2. @OP – Over the weekend, Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) delivered a bagful of thoughts and prayers to Donald Trump

    What a handy distraction from actually DOING something about the out-of-control gun problem, and losing NRA sponsorship!

  3. eejit #1

    It’s great to see that even after tragedy, the murder of 17 of the
    children of his nation, the leader of the Free World and his crony can
    maintain their jolly, happy, self satisfied, smug, complacent,
    vacuous, vile grinning mugs.

    Curse of god on them.

    Be fair to the man. He did miss out on a day’s golf to go and ‘console’ the survivors for nearly half an hour.

  4. This bothered the detective in me. It was posted on the 16th when Trump was in Florida. There is very little chance that this faith-based publicity stunt which required some planning and coordination could have culminated in that staged picture within 24 hours of the shooting.

    Then I read the comments on Mehta’s page and was embarrassed over my actual lack of detective skills. I missed the view out the window which shows it was clearly not taken in the dead of winter in DC. This was probably some dead-head congregation making out prayer cards in honor of Trump (explains the big smile). That they were praying for his success last summer is just further proof of the inefficacy of prayer.

    The most disturbing thing to me, however, is that this congressman thought that posting this deception when he did was an inspired bit of (to quote another GOP POTUS who also couldn’t speak his native language) strategery.

  5. RJohn. Yeah. The bag of “notes” were no doubt written by staffers. Lots of post-its in that pile.
    They should interview the people who left the “notes”.
    And it’s not your fault you missed the window view. I didn’t even want to look at the picture. Lauries comment summed it up.
    It looks like spring. Do I see blooming on the tree?

  6. The most disturbing thing to me, however, is that this congressman thought that posting this deception when he did was an inspired bit of (to quote another GOP POTUS who also couldn’t speak his native language) strategery.

    Good work alf…..trouble is that your clever detective skills have undermined my heartfelt invective in #1 ! That’s life.

  7. HellFireFuel #12
    Feb 20, 2018 at 6:36 am

    These prayers were addressed to god.

    But the “infallible all-knowing” Trump, thinks he IS god, and the gullibles have not yet twigged that!
    How could they? with only “faith-thinking” available in their heads!?

    Anyone who believes benefits to the world come from gods on the basis of assurances from preachers, will have no problem in believing that benefits to the USA come from electing Trump, on the basis of assurances from Trump and the worshipping Trumpies!

  8. Meanwhile, as Trump fiddles with suggestions of security checks, token increases in age limits, and silly notions about “more guns for arming teachers”, while Republicans dig in in denial, – Australia is dealing with real issues of reducing the gun threat by removing guns from circulation!


    Australians turned in more than 57,000 firearms to authorities last year during a national gun amnesty.

    The three-month amnesty was the first since Australia’s landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996.

    It aimed to reduce the number of illicit weapons by allowing people to hand them over without fear of prosecution.

    The government said the amnesty deal had made the nation safer.

    “Taking these unregistered firearms off the streets means they will not fall into the hands of criminals, who might use them to endanger the lives of innocent Australians,” Law Enforcement Minister Angus Taylor said on Thursday.

    The amnesty was conducted in response to an influx of illegal arms in the country and the threat of terrorism.

    It is illegal to own an unregistered firearm in Australia. Offenders face fines of up to A$280,000 (£172,000;$225,000) and up to 14 years in jail.

    Yep! – strict regulation, and the US “right” (if effectively enforced), to a $225,000 fine, and up to 14 years in jail for possessing an illegal gun, would go a long way towards fixing the problem!

    Among the surrendered items were almost 2,500 automatic weapons, 2,900 handguns and a rocket launcher believed to have been found in a rubbish dump.

    Australia last held a gun amnesty in 1996 and 1997, following the killing of 35 people in the Tasmanian town of Port Arthur – the nation’s worst mass shooting.

    At that time, nearly 650,000 firearms were handed in.

    The incident also prompted major reform of gun laws, including a ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons.

    So the answers are there – with plenty of time to study their implementation and effects since 1997 – should any US congressmen want to take off their NRA blinkers – and try for some objective answers!

  9. Nearly 100years ago in the Boston Evening Sun

    H.L.Mencken wrote

    …..The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    The photograph reminded me of this…

  10. .#16 …the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    Trump clearly doesn’t know how to do the actual job of President, and neither has he any awareness that he doesn’t know.

    As Groucho Marx said: “He may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot. But don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”

  11. Alan4discussion #15
    Mar 1, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Australians turned in more than 57,000 firearms to authorities last year during a national gun amnesty.

    Meanwhile – back in the land of NRA sponsored morons using bullet-proof “prayer-shields”:-


    Between eight and 10 people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas high school, say police.

    Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters the majority of the dead at Santa Fe High School were students.

    A student was held after the attack. Police said explosive devices were found at the school, 40 miles (65km) south of Houston, and off-campus.

    The death toll makes this the deadliest school shooting since the one in February at Parkland, Florida.

    Santa Fe Police Chief Jeff Powell said: “There have been explosive devices found inside the high school, and in the surrounding areas adjacent to the high school.”

    He advised residents to be aware of any suspicious objects they find.

    “Do not touch any items that look out of place,” he said, warning residents to immediately call police.

    He added that at least six people had been transported to hospital with gunshot wounds, including a Santa Fe school police officer.

    Several students described hearing a fire alarm go off shortly before 08:00 local time. It is not clear how the alarm was activated.

    One witness told KTRK-TV the shooting happened in her art class, and that one person shot was a girl.

    “There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting,” the student said, “and this girl got shot in the leg.”

    As usual the clueless Trump is full of self-important self-delusion!

    President Donald Trump, speaking at a prison reform event at the White House, described the attack as “absolutely horrific”.

    “My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others,” he added.

    Unless the actions might upset the NRA, the gun industry, and the gun lobby, in which the students will just have to live dangerously while delusional political hypocrites cynically pontificate!

    Two weeks ago, Mr Trump reiterated his call to arm teachers with guns during a speech in Dallas to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

    Shortly after the shooting began in the town of about 13,000 residents, a man carrying an American flag, wearing a Trump hat, and carrying a pistol on his hip approached news cameras.

    The man, who did not give his name, said his goal was to “get to the school. Make America great again.”

    Another man then told reporters “we need prayers”.

    “This idiot is walking down the street with a damned pistol on his side where we just had kids get shot,” he said referring to the other man.

    “I’m a guns rights person. I have guns. But this idiot is walking down here and saying he needs to make America great again. That’s not what America needs.”

    Yep! Death in the gun-crazy USA!

  12. and . . . . . . .


    Police shoot gunman at Trump-owned resort in Florida

    The man, identified as 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi, was taken to hospital after exchanging fire with police at the Trump National Doral Golf Club.

    The police say they responded at 01:30 local time (05:30 GMT) after receiving calls about a man firing shots.

    Mr Oddi’s motive was not immediately clear.

    Local media report that Mr Oddi was “yelling and spewing” information about President Trump and draped a US flag over the lobby’s counter.

    Mr Oddi was not a guest at the resort, but lived in a nearby apartment complex, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.

    The police say that one officer “suffered a broken wrist”.

  13. More “thoughts and prayers” coming soon, brought to you by the morons in charge.
    Maybe they could lay out a few extra for the next batch of dead kids?

  14. I’m sure we’re all delighted that the problem of school shootings is now solved thanks to the Lt Gov of Texas, Dan Patrick, a Republican and evangelical nutcase. There were too many doors in the school which the shooter could get in through. You see it’s not guns that kill people, it’s doors that kill people. Of course if a school for 1400 students with only one door ever caught fire they’d all die horrible deaths trapped inside or get crushed in the stampede taking place at the one and only exit. But of course anything rather than admit the problem is actually too many guns. Republicans will send their thoughts and prayers as usual and console themselves with the NRA money filling their pockets – they just won’t ever do anything about the guns.

  15. It’s being reported that the NRA may have significantly more ties with Russia than have been admitted to. It seems the Russians wanted to use the NRA as a secret backdoor for communications with the Trump campaign. The NRA spent at least $30 million on the 2016 election to get Trump elected but the true figure may be as high as $70 million. The FBI is investigating whether any of those funds came from Russia which would be illegal.

  16. I see even their own police chiefs are telling them what needs to be done – But hey! what do police chiefs know – compared to the whizzdumb of self-assuring prayer-responsive god-delusions!


    The police chief of Houston says he has hit “rock bottom” over failure to enact gun reforms after a school shooting in nearby Santa Fe on Friday left 10 dead.

    Chief Art Acevedo wrote on Facebook that he had “shed tears of sadness, pain and anger” over the shooting.

    He condemned elected officials who “called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing”.

    The shooting was the latest in a series of deadly incidents across the US that has reignited debate about gun control.

    Chief Acevedo runs the police department of America’s fourth most populous city, Houston, which lies nearly 40 miles (64 km) north-west of Santa Fe.

    His comments come as more details emerged about the attack.

    Police now say eight students and two teachers were killed when another student opened fire in an art class shortly before 08:00 (13:00 GMT) on Friday at the Santa Fe High School. Thirteen others were wounded in the attack, with two in critical condition.

    Among the dead are a Pakistani exchange student and a substitute teacher.

    Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been charged with murder after surrendering to police. He later admitted “to shooting multiple people”.
    He allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver taken from his father, who legally owned the weapons.

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