June 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Twitter reacts to Orlando shooting with compassion, outrage; others tweet hate

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Twitter erupted with reactions from celebrities, politicians and the LGBT community following news of the shooting at gay club Pulse in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday morning.

While many expressed compassion towards the victims and their families, others took to social media to praise gunman Omar Mateen and to share their homophobic views.

Daily Mail reports Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick tweeted “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galations 6:7″ hours after the shooting. Patrick’s social media handler, Allen Blakemore, says the tweet was scheduled ahead of time and not connected to the shooting.

The tweet has since been deleted.

“The Lt. Governor is traveling out of the country, but our social media team has deleted the posts and graphics,” Blakemore said in a statement. “We regret the unfortunate timing of these posts and ask everyone to join us in praying for the people of Orlando in this awful time.”

Others took to social media to express their frustrations and sadness about the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history, which specifically targeted the LGBT community.

  • No surprise to see the callous homophobic tweets. That’s nothing new. It’s good that they expose their hate for all to see. Let it serve as a wake up call to those who think being GLBT in America doesn’t matter anymore. The bubble has finally popped!!
    The social conservatives instead of showing compassion exploit it to further their agendas! The conservatives in the GOP don’t even want to acknowledge the words GLBT.

  • Let the racists and ‘phobics’ show themselves. Better to know who they are than let them hide among us.

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