KY’s U.S. rep tweets photo of himself and others holding guns
WASHINGTON (LEX 18) – On Saturday afternoon, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) wished his supporters a “Merry Christmas” as he and others in the photo held guns.
The tweet drew a lot of attention on social media, including posting a photo of him holding a gun just four days after a Michigan high school shooting left four people dead and others injured.
Massie retweeted and “liked” some responses, including praise and criticism, but his office did not respond to LEX 18’s request for comment.
Kentucky’s only U.S. Democratic representative, John Yarmuth, has released his reaction.
I’m old enough to remember Republicans shouting that it was callous to try to protect people from gun violence after a tragedy. Now they’re openly rubbing child murder all over our faces like they’re scoring a hit. Shameful.
– Representative John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) December 4, 2021
Massie was first elected to Congress in 2012 and represents the 4th District, covering northern Kentucky.
Kenton County Democrats also released a statement criticizing the post and saying “the people of Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District deserve better.”
âThe photo of Congressman Thomas Massie is morally wrong and mocks victims of gun violence across this country and here in the Commonwealth. It is bad for a sitting U.S. Congressman to post something so callous as families of four teenagers mourn the loss of loved ones just days after being shot in a Michigan public school. taste and absolutely shameful.
“The Republican congressman should remove the photo immediately and apologize to each of the families in the four students killed at Oxford high school.
âWe’ve seen too many casualties in the past due to irresponsible behavior and posting a photo celebrating assault weapons is more or less the same. The people of Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District deserve better.
Massie is no stranger to controversy.
In August 2021, he posted a tweet containing an image criticizing vaccine requirements using Holocaust images. Rabbi Lexington Shlomo Litvin called the message “shameful”. Massie deleted this tweet.